Shawn Marcell

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer


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.

Prior to co-founding ReadCoor, Shawn was an Executive in Residence at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. 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 a top ten startup of the year. Shawn has founded and chaired several early stage venture-backed companies in the life sciences including RedPoint Bio (public in 2005), SeniGen (acquired by Sequenom), Lifecodes (division of Hologic acquired by Immucor), and Metamark Genetics.

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 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 United States. He launched and led the University City Science Center’s inaugural venture fund in Philadelphia, and served as Executive in Residence at Excel Venture Management, a leading Boston life sciences technology venture fund. Currently Shawn is a member of the Monell Chemical Senses Center’s International Advisory Council, and a Fellow and Advisory Board Member 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 community provider of support services for cancer patients and their families. He served as Chairman of the Board of The Calcutta House in Philadelphia, an organization providing residential care facilities for people living with AIDS. Most recently he established a martial arts program at Nashoba Learning Group in Bedford, Massachusetts for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from George Washington University.