Tom Bishop, MS, MBA

It is with great sadness we share that Tom Bishop, Director of Business Development and Director of the Technology Development Fund at the Technology & Innovation Development Office passed away suddenly this weekend.

Tom joined Children’s just over a year ago, the first new BD Director hired after TIDO went through a restructuring. And although Tom was only with us a little over a year, his impact on the office, the team and the hospital were enormous. Tom came to TIDO from industry, having had a long career in biotech and start-ups and he brought that start-up resourcefulness, creativity and flexibility to this new role. He jumped in with both feet and put his tremendous energy into figuring out how this academic medical center world worked.  His incredible passion and drive were instrumental in helping shift the office culture to reflect his go-getter attitude and spirit.  Tom loved to build high functioning teams and hired a terrific group of individuals to work with him.  He put so much energy and love into his team: mentoring them, pushing them, helping them grow and feel safe enough to try new things and take on leadership roles, to develop personally and professionally. He was also an active member of the Boston/Cambridge biotech/healthcare start up community and had volunteered his time to mentor several entrepreneurs to build their dreams.  Tom’s positive energy and spirit was felt by everyone who worked with him in our office and across the hospital.

In his private life, Tom and his longtime partner Suzanne loved nature and adventure and making their community a better place.  In the short time we’ve known Tom, he’s been hiking in Patagonia and snowboarding in Japan.  He and Suzanne spent the weekends and much of their quarantine time in Vermont, hiking, mountain biking and paddle boarding.  Tom and Suzanne’s had a passion for civic engagement and community change. They advocated for social justice and equality and were inspiring role models to their peers. They acted on their ideals of building a better world and routinely hosted monthly voter registration events in their home and discussed and debated various issues while bonding over some delicious hand-made dumplings for their guests.  They also fostered rescue dogs (German shorthaired pointers) until they could be placed in permanent homes.

It’s heartbreaking to lose a colleague so suddenly.  His loss will be felt deeply by the TIDO team, by the faculty Tom worked with, by the business colleagues he partnered with.  Tom was on the cusp of starting some amazing programs at Children’s.  He will be sorely missed.