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Zafgen’s management team has a combined 35+ years of experience in the field of metabolic disease and the function of MetAP2 inhibitors.

About Us


Atlas Venture

Founded in 1980, Atlas Venture is an early stage venture capital fund that invests in promising entrepreneurs focusing on life science and technology innovation. Based in the innovation capital of the world, Cambridge, MA, Atlas partners invest globally in a wide range of companies solving problems in a variety of technology and life science markets. The team includes contrarian, patient and aggressive investors focused on non-linear innovation leading to tomorrow’s category leaders.


Third Rock Ventures

Third Rock Ventures was founded in 2007 with the mission to launch transforming companies.

In just five years, and during a period of time when early stage investing has been in flux, Third Rock Ventures has successfully raised more than $800 million and invested in more than 30 companies.

By working closely with the scientific and business communities, the company seeks to identify the most promising opportunities for the future of medicine and then build the team and company structure to make this visionary science a business reality. Third Rock Ventures assesses early stage opportunities in which they can partner in unique ways with larger pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to found companies together that are based on disruptive science and technology to address unmet needs.

Third Rock Ventures employs a unique and tailored approach designed to achieve their ultimate goal – launching and building transforming companies that make a difference for patients through breakthroughs in medicine.


Alta Partners

Alta Partners is a leading venture capital firm in life sciences, funding over 145 companies in the industry     since 1996. Alta’s diverse and integrated team brings together a powerful depth of knowledge and experience, delivering tangible results for companies and investors. Alta is committed to building successful businesses through long-standing, deep collaborative partnerships with outstanding entrepreneurs. The team only invests in those areas where they have specific domain expertise.

Today, Alta Partners consists of nine life sciences professionals and one information technology professional, backed by a strong and experienced support team. Collectively, the Alta franchise brings a unique balance of complementary skills to companies, including venture investing, operational, scientific, clinical, marketing, information technology and investment banking experience.


GreatPoint Ventures

GreatPoint Ventures (GPV) is a specialized venture development firm focusing on seed-stage commercialization of exciting, new technologies. GPV invests in "big picture" opportunities that have the potential to lead innovation and transform markets. GPV has been active in a broad spectrum of investment sectors including biotech, energy, cleantech, telecommunications, material science and semiconductors and believes that a "market first" investment philosophy holds true across industries.