Shawn Marcell has 25 years of executive experience leading interdisciplinary teams in technology and the life sciences. His background includes venture creation, growth acceleration and raising more than $300M in capital for private and public companies. Mr. Marcell recently returned for a second tour to Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering where he serves as Entrepreneur in Residence leading the eRapid Project. He also serves as Independent Director for DropWorks; Director and Advisory Board Chairman for Coagulo Medical Technologies; and Independent Director for Kinnos.
Previously, he co-founded and spun out ReadCoor serving as Chairman & CEO, while doing his first tour as Entrepreneur in Residence at the Wyss Institute. At the Wyss, he oversaw a talented team of business professionals in the development of the ReadCoor business plan and corporate strategy. The team went on to raise a series A financing in 2016 and was featured in the journal Nature Biotechnology as among the top 10 startups of the year. Shawn has founded and chaired several early stage venture-backed companies in the life sciences including RedPoint Bio (public in 2005, RPBC), Sensigen (acquired by Sequenom), Lifecodes (division of Hologic acquired by Immucor/TPG), and Metamark Genetics (acquired by LabCorp).
In addition to launching multiple startups, Shawn’s leadership experience includes large corporations, academic institutions and venture capital funds. He taught entrepreneurship and venture creation at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and was President of the Port of Technology in Philadelphia, one of the largest life sciences and technology incubators in the US. He launched and led the University City Science Center’s inaugural venture fund in Philadelphia and served as EIR at Excel Venture Management, a Boston life sciences technology venture fund. Shawn is currently a member of the Monell Center’s International Advisory Council and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania’s Weiss Tech House.
For more than two decades, Shawn has been actively engaged in philanthropic causes. He was a Founder and Board Member of Gilda’s Club in New York City, a provider of support services for cancer patients and their families. He served as Chairman of Calcutta House in Philadelphia, an organization providing residential care for people living with AIDS. Most recently he established a martial arts program at Nashoba Learning Group in Bedford, MA for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from George Washington University and a 4th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo, Karate, and Aikido.