Kevin Starr

Partner

Kevin Starr is a co-founder of Third Rock Ventures with more than 25 years of experience building and leading biotechnology companies. Kevin’s focus has been on the formation, development and strategic governance of our portfolio companies. He has been actively identifying and evaluating new investments for our first three funds, where he also helped successfully raise $1.3 billion for Third Rock. Kevin contributes as an advisor to our Fund IV portfolio companies and will continue to play active board roles in our current Fund I, II and III portfolio companies. In many of these companies, Kevin functioned as chief executive officer through the first 12-18 months after launch. His portfolio company roles include:

  • Chairman of the board and former interim chief executive officer of Sage Therapeutics
  • Former chairman of the board and interim chief executive officer of Decibel Therapeutics 
  • Former board member of MyoKardia
  • Former board member of PanOptica
  • Former board member and interim chief executive officer of Agios Pharmaceuticals
  • Former board member of Global Blood Therapeutics
  • Former board member and interim chief executive officer of Afferent Pharmaceuticals
  • Former board member and interim chief executive officer of Zafgen Pharmaceuticals

Prior to Third Rock, Kevin served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, where he helped raise billions of dollars in capital through strategic alliances and public financing and drove the company’s growth through organic expansion and mergers and acquisitions. Earlier in his career, he served in various executive roles at Biogen and Digital Equipment Corporation. He is currently a board member of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals. Kevin holds an M.S. in corporate finance from Boston College and a B.A. in mathematics and business from Colby College.

Kevin is a founding investor in Prospect Pictures, which produced the hit Broadway show turned movie "Rock of Ages."

Administrative Support

Linda Heath
Executive Assistant
lheath@thirdrockventures.com

Associated Portfolio Companies

Partners

Alexis Borisy

Partner

Abbie Celniker, Ph.D.

Partner

Neil Exter

Partner

Kevin Gillis

Partner/Chief Financial Officer

Charles Homcy, M.D.

Partner

Sarah Larson

Partner/Chief Human Resources Officer

Mark Levin

Partner

Craig Muir

Partner/Chief Technology Officer

Cary Pfeffer, M.D.

Partner

Kevin Starr

Partner

Robert Tepper, M.D.

Partner

Venture Partners

Jeffrey Finer, M.D., Ph.D.

Venture Partner

Frank T. Gentile, Ph.D.

Venture Partner

Robert Kamen, Ph.D.

Venture Partner

Christoph Lengauer, Ph.D.

Venture Partner

Philip Reilly, M.D., J.D.

Venture Partner

Ton Schumacher, Ph.D.

Venture Partner

Stephen Sherwin, M.D.

Venture Partner

Jeffrey Tong, Ph.D.

Venture Partner

Barbara Weber, M.D.

Venture Partner

Entrepreneurs-In-Residence

Jason Coloma, Ph.D.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Peter DiLaura

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Rachel Meyers, Ph.D.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Glenn Pierce, M.D., Ph.D.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Richard Ransohoff, M.D.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Markus Warmuth, M.D.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Domain Experts

Karina Chmielewski

Senior Director, Platform Operations

Dina Ciarimboli

General Counsel

Cynthia Clayton

Head of Communications & Investor Relations

Aremin Hacobian

Head, Organization Health and Development

John Keilty

Strategic Advisor, Platform Operations

Corey O’Keeffe

Manager, Communications & Investor Relations

Raynie Smith

Director, Human Resources

Principals and Associates

Walter Kowtoniuk, Ph.D.

Principal

Rahul Mahajan, M.D., Ph.D.

Fellow

Claire Mazumdar, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Senior Associate

Melissa McCracken, Ph.D.

Associate

Kelly Moynihan, Ph.D.

Associate

Luke R. G. Pike, M.D., Ph.D.

Senior Associate

Vyas Ramanan, Ph.D.

Senior Associate

Timur Yusufzai, Ph.D.

Senior Associate

Recruiting

Andrea DiMella

Recruiting Director

Wendy Durkin

Senior Director, Recruiting and University Relations

Tracy Nicholson

Recruiting Director

Chris Robinson

Vice President, Recruiting

Administrative

Zoe Angell

Executive Assistant

Tracilyn Garcia-Lum

Executive Assistant

Linda Heath

Executive Assistant

Rhea Kappa

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Maribel Laboy

Executive Assistant

Megan Lamb

Executive Assistant

Ian Miller

Administrative Assistant

Angelo Severino

Executive Assistant

Laura Vitale

Executive Assistant

Tracy Williams

Executive Assistant

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