Technology & Life Sciences Team


Kathleen Coviello

Kathleen Coviello is the Director of the Technology & Life Sciences Division (TLS) of the EDA. As such, she along with her team, are responsible for working closely with the early stage technology and life science companies and investors in the state and delivering the various Edison Innovation Fund products to this community.

Prior to joining the EDA, she spent over seventeen years in the banking industry, with the last eight focused exclusively on the NJ Technology Venture Lending Market. Her venture lending experience includes employment at Silicon Valley Bank, Comerica Bank and Progress’s Techbanc. 

Coviello is active in the NJ entrepreneurial technology community and sits on the advisory and/or valuation boards of Edison Venture Fund, The Garden State Life Sciences Fund, and NJTC Venture Fund.

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Ed Atiyeh

Ed Atiyeh is a Venture Analyst in the EDA's Technology and Life Sciences Division, where he leads the analysis on the EDA's technology and life sciences based incentive programs (Angel Investor Tax Credit, Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer Program).
Prior to joining the EDA, Ed worked as an accountant for the construction company Absolut Contracting, and as a tax advisor for H&R Block. Ed earned both an MBA in Accounting and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Farleigh Dickinson University.

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Madhavi Bhatia

Madhavi Bhatia is a Venture Analyst for the EDA’s TLS division, where she is responsible for leading due diligence of financial investment proposals for the Edison Innovation Fund.

Immediately prior to joining the EDA, Madhavi worked at Plutus Consulting in Mount Freedom, assisting small to mid-size businesses with mergers and acquisitions, and developing a business plan and growth strategies. Madhavi has over 15 years of global experience, primarily working with venture capital and management consulting firms.

Madhavi received an MBA from Gujarat University in India and a Master of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona.  Madhavi is also a CFA Charterholder, a Certified Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor and also holds a certification in Financial Risk Management.

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Lenzie Harcum

Lenzie Harcum is the manager of the EDA's Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies (CCIT), where he is responsible for all aspects of developing and administering CCIT programming. Lenzie’s activities support the growth of the life sciences businesses at CCIT, managing tenant relationships while providing guidance to foster successful expansion or graduation of tenant companies.

Lenzie joins the EDA after a decade spent at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where he ultimately served as vice president of the agency’s Life Sciences & Healthcare Team. He also spent several years leading the University of North Carolina’s technology program. Harcum received his MBA from Campbell University in North Carolina and his Bachelor of Science in Business from East Carolina University.

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Kamran Hashmi

Kamran Hashmi is a Program Manager in the NJEDA’s Technology & Life Sciences division, where he is responsible for managing the operational aspects of EDA’s tech-led initiatives and working with external agencies and partners. Kamran was closely involved in the ideation and execution of two seed stage initiatives targeting the start-up accelerator and co-working ecosystem in New Jersey.  Kamran serves on the board of EDA's Life Science Incubator in North Brunswick and the board of NJ Entrepreneurs Network (NJEN).
Before joining the NJEDA, Kamran worked in Biotech, RFID, and Logistics firms in a marketing capacity. Since 2015, Kamran has been part of Rutgers Collaborative for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization as a mentor.  Kamran graduated with a BS in Marketing & International Business from Rider University and an MBA in Business Strategy from Rutgers University.

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Timothy Rollender

Timothy Rollender is a Senior Venture Officer in the EDA’s TLS division, where he is responsible for marketing the Edison Innovation Fund and technology-led state incentives to potential applicants, consultants, technology transfer offices and partnering organizations.

Tim joins the EDA after working as a Senior Analyst for asset management firm Hirtle, Callaghan & Co., where he led due diligence on alternative investment opportunities. He also worked as an Investment Analyst for the New Jersey Department of the Treasury, Division of Investment, and has extensive experience in private and public equity investing.

Tim earned an MBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business and a BA in Economics and Philosophy from Drew University in Madison.

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Clark Smith

Clark Smith is a Senior Venture Officer in the Technology & Life Sciences division at the NJ Economic Development Authority where he markets financing and incentive programs to early stage technology, clean energy, and life sciences companies.

Prior to the EDA, Clark spent 7 years as a private banker with Bank of America and US Trust as well as 2 years as a manufacturing engineer at L’Oreal.

Clark holds an MBA with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Rutgers Business School in Newark, NJ in addition to a BS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University.

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Alec Tripodi

Alec Tripodi is a Venture Associate in the Technology & Life Sciences division at the NJ Economic Development Authority where he works closely with the Authority’s Venture Officers in business development activities and portfolio management. Alec is also involved in reviewing tech-led incentives, due diligence activities for Edison loans, and providing entrepreneurial support to the Tech & Life Sciences community.
Prior to joining the EDA full time, Alec interned and worked on a part-time basis in the Technology & Life Sciences division. Alec has also interned with Automotive Resources International (ARI) and Billtrust. Alec graduated with a BS in Finance and a minor in Economics from Rutgers University.

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