Fall 2015

Leading the Way

Robert Tepper is new chair of board of advisors

After years of service to the university, Robert I. Tepper has stepped into a greater leadership role. Last spring, he became the new chair of the Board of Advisors to Tufts University School of Medicine and the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, assuming the reins from longtime chair Michael Jaharis Jr., M87P.

Photo: Alonso Nichols

Tepper has served on the board of advisors for more than a decade. He is a cofounder of Third Rock Ventures, a Boston venture capital firm that invests in pharmaceutical and biotech companies. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Although Tepper earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, he has family ties to Tufts. His wife is M. Lynn Buttolph, J74, a psychiatrist.

Tepper and the other founders of Third Rock Ventures were honored by Tufts Medical Center earlier this year with the Ellen M. Zane Award for Visionary Leadership. The honor recognized their work in helping to develop such products as new gene therapies and cancer drugs.

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