Statement on the Passing of Mitchell Adams, Former MassTech Executive Director

Friday, July 24, 2020

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Mitchell Adams, who served as MassTech executive director from 2001 to 2011.

Mitchell served the Commonwealth with great distinction, both in his role at MassTech and in his prior role as a Commissioner of Revenue in the administration of Governor Bill Weld.

Here at MassTech, Mitchell was instrumental in:

  • The startup of the John Adams Innovation Institute;
  • The formation of the Massachusetts Life Science Collaborative, a policy body that led to the establishment of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC); and
  • Pioneering state investments in institutions such as MassChallenge, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Holyoke Innovation District, and UMass Lowell Center for Nanomanufacturing. 

Mitchell’s passion was his ability to target key investments in health care technologies that reduce costs while improving quality health care delivery, which led to the creation of MeHI, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute.

In addition to the legacy projects here at MassTech and around the Commonwealth, he also leaves behind many colleagues who revered his leadership, innovative nature, and friendship.

We send our condolences to Mitchell’s extended family and friends.