Neil Exter

Partner

Neil Exter joined Third Rock Ventures in 2007 and has more than 20 years of business development and strategic experience facilitating the successful development and implementation of operations and collaborations across the spectrum of newly emerging and established biotechnology companies. He plays an integral role in the formation, development and business strategy for portfolio companies. Neil has served in key leadership roles in our portfolio companies:

  • Board member and interim chief operating officer of Goldfinch Bio
  • Board member of Cibiem
  • Board member of CytomX Therapeutics
  • Board member of Element Science
  • Board member of Pliant Therapeutics
  • Board member and former interim chief business officer of REVOLUTION Medicines
  • Board member of Rhythm Pharmaceuticals
  • Board member of Motus Therapeutics
  • Former interim chief business officer of bluebird bio
  • Former interim chief operating officer of Constellation Pharmaceuticals
  • Former interim chief business officer of Foundation Medicine
  • Former board member of Lotus Tissue Repair (sold to Shire)
  • Former board member of Seventh Sense BioSystems

Prior to joining Third Rock, Neil was chief business officer of Alantos Pharmaceuticals, leading the sale of the company to Amgen, and earlier, served as vice president for Millennium Pharmaceuticals, directing in-licensing and M&A. Earlier in his career, Neil held various executive and senior management roles within the high technology industry, including tenures at Hewlett Packard and Wang Laboratories. Neil holds an MBA as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School, an M.S. from Stanford University and a B.S. from Cornell University. He is a member of the Research Committee of Children’s Hospital Boston, a member of the investment committee of the Innovation Research Fund and Innovation Advisory Board at Partners Healthcare and the treasure and a member of the board of directors of the New England Venture Capital Association. In addition, Neil serves as a member of the Advisory Council of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Cornell University and the board of visitors of Columbia College.

In college and post-college, Neil competed in several air guitar contests. He played air drums and air guitar.

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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