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:

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."

Administrative Support

Linda Heath
Executive Assistant
lheath@thirdrockventures.com
(617) 585-2049

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

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

Jeffrey Tong, Ph.D.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Laurence Turka, M.D.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Domain Experts

Brian Albrecht, Ph.D.

PRINCIPAL

Dina Ciarimboli

General Counsel

Cynthia Clayton

Head of Communications

Tim Funnell, DPhil.

Principal

John Keilty

General Manager, Platform Operations

Recruiting

Andrea DiMella

Recruiting Director

Tracy Nicholson

Recruiting Director

Chris Robinson

Vice President, Recruiting

Associates

Chelsea Place Johnson, Ph.D.

Senior Associate

Vyas Ramanan, Ph.D.

Associate

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

Tracy Williams

Executive Assistant

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