Michael J. Bishop

Head of Chemistry*

Mike Bishop is the Head of Chemistry at BridGene Biosciences. He has 26 years experience as a medicinal chemist with GSK, GlaxoWellcome and Burroughs Wellcome in Research Triangle Park, NC, and San Diego. From 2001 to 2014 he directed a department of medicinal chemists and DMPK scientists with a focus on metabolic diseases, identifying ~10 clinical development candidates.  From 2014 to 2019, Mike served as a Director in GSK’s Discovery Partnerships with Academia (DPAc) unit, with responsibilities for thorough vetting of research opportunities across multiple therapeutic areas, building collaborative workplans and leading joint research programs with academic investigators.  Mike’s passion is to work with expert teams and motivated entrepreneurs and use his drug discovery expertise to drive therapeutic ideas to medicines to improve human health.

Mike earned a B.A. in chemistry from Rice University in Houston, TX, worked in the petrochemical industry with Amoco Chemical in Texas City, TX for two years, and then returned to Rice, earning a Ph.D. in organic chemistry under the guidance of Dr. Marco Ciufolini.