Christoph Lengauer, Ph.D.

Venture Partner

Christoph Lengauer joined Third Rock Ventures as a venture partner in 2016 and focuses on the formation of companies discovering and developing novel therapeutics. He brings significant operational and leadership experience to the role.His portfolio company roles include:

  • Board member and interim president of Celsius Therapeutics

Christoph is also chief scientific officer and chief drug hunter at Blueprint Medicines. He has a proven record in cancer drug discovery, including contributing to the development of more than 20 drugs that reached first-in-human clinical trials and three FDA-approved medicines. Christoph joined Blueprint Medicines from Sanofi, where he was vice president and global head of oncology drug discovery and preclinical development. Before joining Sanofi, he was executive director and senior unit head of oncology discovery at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR). Prior to Novartis, Christoph was an associate professor at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As part of his research, Christoph discovered that all cancers are genetically unstable and was involved in the identification of several cancer driver genes. He has authored more than one hundred scientific articles published in top-tier scientific journals, including Cell, Nature and Science. In 2015, Christoph formed the German Accelerator Life Sciences (GALS) in Boston, which provides high-end consulting to young German biotechs so they can more easily succeed in becoming strong companies and introduce their products to the global market. Christoph studied human genetics in Salzburg, Austria, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and his MBA with a focus on medical services management from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Christoph holds adjunct associate professor positions at Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University. He has received numerous awards, including the Boveri Award in Cancer Genetics, the Benjamin Baker Scholar award and a V Foundation scholarship. Christoph was awarded the Novartis Oncology President’s Award for top innovator and has been elected to membership in the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars.

 Back in Austria and Germany, Christoph helped asylum seekers escape deportation. He visited them in detention jails and focused his legal support on Kurds from Iraq, Roma and victims of torture. 

Administrative Support

Rhea Bisgounis
Administrative Assistant 
rbisgounis@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

Steve Kafka, 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

Vanessa Van Voorhis, Ph.D.

Senior Associate

Andrew Warren, Ph.D.

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

Rhea Bisgounis

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Tracilyn Garcia-Lum

Executive Assistant

Linda Heath

Executive 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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