September 2015

The Possible Project Announces Expansion of Team with Two Boston Life Sciences Executives

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MassBio CEO Robert Coughlin Joins Opportunity Council; Boston Life Sciences Entrepreneur Robert Tepper, M.D., Joins Board of Directors

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Possible Project (TPP), a non-profit organization that teaches high school students how to start and run their own businesses through a tailored curriculum and access to technology and mentors from the local business community, announced today the appointments of Boston life sciences leaders Robert Coughlin, president and CEO of Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio), to its opportunity council, as well as Robert Tepper, M.D., co-founder and partner of Third Rock Ventures, to its board of directors. The appointments of Dr. Tepper and Mr. Coughlin add to an impressive lineup of team members, with Dr. Tepper having previously served on The Possible Project’s advisory council.

“We are pleased and honored to announce the expansion of our team with the appointment of Dr. Tepper to our board of directors and Mr. Coughlin to our advisory council”

“We are pleased and honored to announce the expansion of our team with the appointment of Dr. Tepper to our board of directors and Mr. Coughlin to our advisory council,” said Becky Levin, executive director of The Possible Project. “The Possible Project is at the forefront of inspiring the Cambridge community by empowering the younger generation to strive for personal and professional success, while staying true to the principle that anything is possible. It is truly an exciting time here, as these two leaders both bring an ideal blend of insight, enthusiasm and expertise from their respective resumes to these roles. We are certain that they will assist us in fulfilling our organization-wide goals of partnership and resource expansion as we continue to empower and inspire young entrepreneurs.”

Robert Coughlin joins The Possible Project’s opportunity council as a passionate advocate for research within the biotechnology community, while also possessing a considerable amount of knowledge of the Massachusetts life sciences sector. As president and CEO MassBio, a non-profit organization representing more than 650 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, research hospitals, and service organizations involved in life sciences and health care in Massachusetts, Mr. Coughlin’s mission is to advance Massachusetts’ leadership in the life sciences sector, add value to the health care system and improve the lives of all patients. Prior to MassBio, he served as the undersecretary of economic development within Governor Deval Patrick’s administration. Previously, Mr. Coughlin was elected as state representative to the 11th Norfolk district for three terms. During his time in the legislature, he made health care and economic development his top priorities. He has also been active in the community by way of currently serving on the board of directors for The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, The Boston Irish Business Association and Aridis Pharmaceuticals. He has past served as board member of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Beth Israel Deaconess Healthcare. Mr. Coughlin holds a B.S. in marine engineering from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, as well as a lieutenant rank in the United States Naval Reserve.

Dr. Robert Tepper joins The Possible Project’s board of directors as a distinguished scientist with more than 25 years of experience building and operating leading R&D organizations. Most recently in 2007, he co-founded Third Rock Ventures, the leading healthcare venture firm focused on disruptive areas of science and medicine to discover, launch and build companies that make a dramatic difference in people’s lives. As a partner at Third Rock Ventures, Dr. Tepper focuses on the formation, development and scientific strategy of its portfolio companies, as well as actively identifying and evaluating new investments. He also assumes active leadership roles in Third Rock Ventures’ portfolio companies, functioning as chief scientific officer through the first 12-18 month post-launch. Prior to joining Third Rock Ventures, he was president of R&D at Millennium Pharmaceuticals and was vital in its expansion from a drug discovery company to a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company. Earlier in his career, Dr. Tepper co-founded Cell Genesys/Abgenix. He currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, as well on the board of several leading health care institutions including the Partners HealthCare Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine, the Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts Medical School. Dr. Tepper holds an A.B. in biochemistry from Princeton University and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

About The Possible Project

Based in Cambridge, Mass., The Possible Project (TPP) is a non-profit organization founded by Mark and Becky Levin in 2010. TPP teaches high school students with untapped potential how to create and run their own businesses while gaining important personal and professional skills. The Possible Project uses entrepreneurship as a vehicle to impart the characteristics and competencies that make enduring personal and professional success more likely for its students. During the course of the three-year program, students become proficient in leadership, resilience, professionalism, self-confidence, teamwork and a host of other vital skills. TPP is working to close the skills and opportunities gap facing its students by providing resources and support that make them more likely to finish high school, complete education and training beyond high school, and enter careers that will provide them with a living wage. For more information on TPP, please visit https://possibleproject.org/.


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Dan Budwick, 973-271-6085

Source: “The Possible Project”, https://goo.gl/2EjlQJ, The Business Wire, 15 Sept. 2015.

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