Abbie Celniker, Ph.D.

Partner

Abbie Celniker joined Third Rock in 2016 bringing 30 years of experience in R&D and senior leadership roles. Abbie focuses on the formation, development and strategy of our portfolio companies and has assumed active leadership roles in the following:

  • Board member and interim chief executive officer of Goldfinch Bio
  • Former president and chief executive officer of Eleven Biotherapeutics

Prior to joining the firm, she served as president and CEO of Eleven Biotherapeutics since 2011. Previously, Abbie was the president and CEO of Taligen Therapeutics from 2008 to 2011, when Taligen Therapeutics was acquired by Alexion Pharmaceuticals; following the acquisition, she served as Alexion’s executive vice president, translational medicine. She has served as the global head of biologics of Novartis AG, the senior vice president of R&D strategy and operations of Millennium Pharmaceuticals (now Takeda) and the vice president of protein technologies of the Wyeth Research facilities. Abbie is a member of the MassBio board of directors, a member of the board of ImaginAb, where she was previously the chair, and a member of the scientific advisory board for Adimab. She is also a member of the board of directors of the nonprofit Unitio and T1D. She has a B.A. in biology from the University of California, San Diego, and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Arizona.

Abbie loves doing jigsaw puzzles, but never looks at the picture on the box, and she once completed a 1000-piece puzzle that was solid white.

Administrative Support

Tracy Williams
Executive Assistant
twilliams@thirdrockventures.com
(617) 585-2045

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

Frank T. Gentile, Ph.D.

Venture Partner

Mark A. Goldsmith, M.D., Ph.D.

Venture Partner

Perry Karsen

Venture Partner

Christoph Lengauer, Ph.D.

Venture Partner

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

Venture Partner

Stephen Sherwin, M.D.

Venture Partner

Jeffrey Tong, Ph.D.

Venture Partner

Barbara Weber, M.D.

Venture Partner

Entrepreneurs-In-Residence

Keith Dionne

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

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

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Robert Kamen, Ph.D.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

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

ENTREPRENUER-IN-RESIDENCE

Laurence Turka, M.D.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Domain Experts

Dina Ciarimboli

General Counsel

Cynthia Clayton

Head of Communications

John Keilty

General Manager, Platform Operations

Principals and Associates

Brian Albrecht, Ph.D.

Principal

Tim Funnell, DPhil.

Principal

Melissa McCracken, Ph.D.

Associate

Travis Murdoch, M.D.

Principal

Vyas Ramanan, Ph.D.

Associate

Dominique Verhelle, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Principal

Recruiting

Andrea DiMella

Recruiting Director

Tracy Nicholson

Recruiting Director

Chris Robinson

Vice President, Recruiting

Administrative

Zoe Angell

Executive Assistant

Megan Graziano

Manager of Operations and Administration

Linda Heath

Executive Assistant

Marcia Hemphill

Office Manager - West Coast and Executive Assistant

Rhea Kappa

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Laura Klein

Administrative Assistant

Maribel Laboy

Executive Assistant

Ian Miller

Administrative Assistant

Corey O’Keeffe

Event Planner & Communications

Angelo Severino

Executive Assistant

Tracy Williams

Executive Assistant

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