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Technology & Life Sciences Team

Kathleen Coviello - Executive Vice President for Technology, Life Sciences & Entrepreneurship

Kathleen Coviello oversees the Technology & Life Sciences Division (TLS) of the NJEDA. 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 NJEDA, 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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Pearl Amin

Pearl Amin is a Venture Associate Officer in the Technology & Life Sciences division at the NJ Economic Development Authority where she works in close collaboration with the Senior Venture Officers in business development, due diligence, and portfolio management. Pearl is also involved in reviewing the NJEDA’s technology and life sciences based incentive programs.
Before joining the NJEDA, Pearl was an equity analyst at Marist College’s Greystone Equity Fund in the financials and materials sectors. Pearl also founded and successfully exited two companies in the public safety and 3D printing spaces. Pearl earned a B.S. in Finance and Information Systems from Marist College.

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Madhavi Bhatia

Madhavi Bhatia is a Sr. Venture Analyst for the NJEDA’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 NJEDA, 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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Matthew Fields

Matthew Fields is a Venture Analyst for the NJEDA’s TLS division, where he leads the administration of NJEDA's Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer (NOL) Program, reviews Angel Investor Tax Credit applications, and assists in due diligence of financial investment proposals for the Edison Innovation Fund and NJ CoVest.

Prior to joining the TLS team, Matt worked as a compliance officer at the NJEDA, working first with the Hurricane Sandy Relief Grants/Loans and then moving on to the Energy Resilience Bank.  Before joining the NJEDA in 2013, Matt spent 3 years at Bank of America where he worked as an Analyst in both Small Business Lending, and Wire Fraud.

Matt earned an MBA with concentrations in Finance and International Business from the University of Delaware and holds a BA in Sociology from McDaniel College.

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Lenzie Harcum

Lenzie Harcum is the manager of the NJEDA'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 NJEDA 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 NJEDA’s Director of Technology & Life Sciences Operations, where he is responsible for managing the operational aspects of NJEDA’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.  
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 NJEDA’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 NJEDA 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 NJEDA, 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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