Kevin Starr


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:

Current roles

  • Chairman of the board of directors and former interim CEO of Decibel Therapeutics 
  • Board member of MyoKardia
  • Board member of PanOptica
  • Chairman of the board of directors and former interim CEO of Sage Therapeutics

Prior roles

  • Board member and interim CEO of Agios Pharmaceuticals
  • Board member of Global Blood Therapeutics
  • Board member and interim CEO of Afferent Pharmaceuticals
  • Former board member and interim CEO 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."

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Executive Assistant
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Associated Portfolio Companies


Alexis Borisy


Abbie Celniker, Ph.D.


Neil Exter


Kevin Gillis

Partner/Chief Financial Officer

Charles Homcy, M.D.


Sarah Larson

Partner/Chief Human Resources Officer

Mark Levin


Craig Muir

Partner/Chief Technology Officer

Cary Pfeffer, M.D.


Kevin Starr


Robert Tepper, M.D.


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

Barbara Weber, M.D.

Venture Partner


Keith Dionne


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


Robert Kamen, Ph.D.


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


Jeffrey Tong, Ph.D.


Laurence Turka, M.D.


Domain Experts

Brian Albrecht, Ph.D.


Dina Ciarimboli

General Counsel

Cynthia Clayton

Head of Communications

Tim Funnell, DPhil.


John Keilty

General Manager, Platform Operations


Andrea DiMella

Recruiting Director

Tracy Nicholson

Recruiting Director

Chris Robinson

Vice President, Recruiting


Chelsea Place Johnson, Ph.D.

Senior Associate

Vyas Ramanan, Ph.D.



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