Founder + General Partner
Shahram founded Civilization Ventures to help other founders succeed after spending more than a decade starting, running and investing in life sciences companies.
Shahram is fortunate to have a dozen exits under his belt as a life sciences founder and investor, including Rewrite (acq. by Intellia), Rocket (listed on Nasdaq), SingularBio (acq. by Invitae), Lemonaid (acq. by 23andme), Counsyl (acq. by Myriad), and Avantome (acq. by Illumina), among many others.
Shahram was the founding CEO of Inspirna (originally named Rgenix), a biotech startup with two first-in-class clinical-stage therapeutics for cancer. He was also founding CFO and VP of Corporate Development at NextBio, a genomics software pioneer acquired by Illumina.
Shahram is passionate about keeping people and our planet healthy and thriving. Born in Iran, he came to the US as a child after his family escaped and was raised in Portland, Oregon. He went on to graduate from Pomona College with a degree in economics (with plenty of science, math and language courses thrown in), and obtained a JD from Harvard. Shahram loves spending time with his family in nature.