Neil Exter


At TRV, we change the answer. Our approach allows us to change the answer for patients, employees, investors and their families.

Neil Exter

At Third Rock, Neil focuses on the formation, development and strategy of new companies. He has more than 30 years of operating, business development and strategy experience across the spectrum of emerging and established biotechnology and technology companies.

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Neil appreciates TRV’s multi-factorial Rubik’s cube approach to problem-solving, looking at issues in different ways and coming up with the optimal answer by integrating disparate perspectives in medicine, business and science. He is proud of his involvement in Foundation Medicine, where he served as interim CBO for almost four years and worked with the team to build a successful business, pioneer a differentiated business model and change the answer for thousands of patients. Neil is motivated to build transformative companies by the impact on patients’ lives. He is moved by the listening to and reading letters from patients whose lives have been enhanced by a Third Rock company.

Outside of TRV, Neil is a member of the Research Committee of Children’s Hospital Boston, a member of the investment committee of the Innovation Research Fund at Partners Healthcare and is a member of the board of directors of the New England Venture Capital Association. He is incredibly proud of his wife and two sons.

Year Joined
  • 2007
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Cornell University
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
  • MBA, Harvard Business School
Administrative Support
  • East Coast
Board Positions