Tom is an analyst with BioGenerator’s Entrepreneur Development programming, which helps supports the founders of bio and life science companies in St. Louis. Prior to BioGenerator Tom was co-founder and CEO of Nanopore Diagnostics, a molecular diagnostics startup developing portable microbial testing solutions. While CEO Tom lead a team that raised $1.4M and built a testing device that went through commercial trials. Prior to Nanopore Diagnostics Tom received his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from UC San Diego, and then conducted postdoctoral work in diagnostic technology development as a JCC Fund Fellow at Washington University in Saint Louis. His postdoctoral work was licensed to San Diego proteomics startup Encodia. In addition to his research efforts Tom spent time with non-profits promoting entrepreneurship throughout his graduate and post-graduate careers. He served as CEO of The UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge, which hosts a business plan competition for student-lead ventures, and then helped co-found The BALSA Foundation, a non-profit that offers grants and mentorship to first time entrepreneurs from under-resourced backgrounds. Tom was a 2014 fellow in the nationally-recognized Pipeline entrepreneur development program.