Meet a Member of Our Boston Marathon Team: Ryan Cohlhepp

March 9, 2020 Updated: January 18, 2024

On Monday, April 20, three runners will be tackling the marathon to support Lovin’ Spoonfuls. To support their fundraising campaigns, please visit this link.

Then, please meet Ryan!

How long have you been running? Have you ever run a marathon before? 

I just ran my longest distance ever on Saturday which was 15 miles.  Despite having done multiple half marathons and half Ironman’s this is my first marathon.  I have a 16, 18, and 20 miler in the plan ahead so I am pleading with my legs to hold up. 

Why did you decide to run for Lovin’ Spoonfuls?

Make it personal! I did a ride along with a food rescue coordinator and was blown away with the organization, its mission, and the effectiveness of the operation.  Being able to see an organization who is doing something important and has the leadership to effectively put it into action made it clear that the only thing getting in the way of Lovin’ Spoonfuls doing more was resources.  When I was asked to run for the team my only hesitation was that I didn’t want to let down such an amazing organization.   

How do you plan to celebrate post-marathon? 

By sleeping in every Saturday for a month and not doing any long runs. 

Do you have any fundraisers coming up? Let us know how people can support you! 

I am currently trying to organize a few including a treadmill studio class.  Hopefully I can do some good fundraising and have others share my treadmill pain.

More about Ryan:

Ryan is currently the Senior Vice President of R&D Strategy and Operations for Rheos. Ryan recently transitioned from Takeda Oncology where he was Vice President of Marketing, Operations & Analytics which included responsibility for leading Takeda’s commercial oncology portfolio in the US which contained four compounds across various tumor types. Ryan also worked in the Global Development Division for Takeda as a Global Team Leader overseeing the development of Takeda’s prostate cancer portfolio in addition to several early stage molecules. Prior to Takeda Ryan started his career with Roche Pharmaceuticals (currently Genentech) in their commercial organization. He held positions of increasing responsibility for Roche in both the sales and marketing organizations (U.S. and Global).

Ryan received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from Purdue University. He continues his involvement with the University as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Pharmacy. He also serves as a board member for the MassBio Education Foundation.

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