Srinivas Akkaraju

Founder at Samsara Biocapital LLC

Srinivas Akkaraju

Srinivas Akkaraju

Founder at Samsara Biocapital LLC

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Samsara Biocapital LLC
Panorama Capital LLC

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Principia Biopharma, Inc.

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Co-Founder at Baker Bros. Advisors LP

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Co-Founder at Panorama Capital LLC

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Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board at Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

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Former Partner at New Leaf Venture Partners LLC

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Executive Partner, Private Equity at Sofinnova Ventures, Inc.

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Syros Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Founder at Principia Biopharma, Inc.

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Co-Founder at Seattle Genetics, Inc.

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Co-Founder at Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Srinivas Akkaraju
Founder at Samsara Biocapital LLC
MD in Immunology

A LEADER IN THE BIOMEDICAL REVOLUTION, Stanford Medicine has a long tradition of leadership in pioneering research, creative teaching protocols and effective clinical therapies. Our close proximity to the resources of the university—including the Schools of Business, Law, Humanities and Sciences and Engineering—our seamless relationship with our affiliated adult and children’s hospitals and our ongoing associations with the entrepreneurial endeavors of Silicon Valley make us uniquely positioned to accelerate the pace at which new knowledge is turned into tangible health benefits.

BA in Computer Science

Rice University is a comprehensive research university that fosters diversity and an intellectual environment that produces the next generation of leaders and advances tomorrow’s thinking and is set in the heart of Houston, Texas, the nation’s fourth-largest city.

Career History
2016 - Current
General Partner
2013 - Prior

Sofinnova is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical venture capital firm focused on life science and information technology. They specializes in clinical and late preclinical investments in biopharmaceutical products and partner with entrepreneurs across all stages of company formation including securing initial funding, building successful management teams, forming impactful corporate alliances, and navigating the M&A acquisition or IPOs' process. Sofinnova invests in companies in the US and Europe that do business in the US, Israel, India, China, Japan and Europe.

Managing Director
2009 - 2013

New Leaf Ventures Partners focuses exclusively in healthcare companies located in the US with strong management teams and revenues exceeding $100 million. They targets companies operating in the fields of biopharmaceutical, information convergence (HCIT), medical device and life science tools.The firm provides financing for early and later stage capital requirements and invests in both public & private companies.

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Member, Board of Directors
2017 - Current

Syros Pharmaceuticals, Inc. engages in the development of novel gene control therapies for cancer and other diseases. It has developed a proprietary platform that is designed to systematically and efficiently analyze unexploited region of DNA in human disease tissue to identify and drug novel targets linked to genomically defined patient populations. The company focuses on developing treatments for cancer and immune mediated diseases and is building a pipeline of gene control medicines. Syros Pharmaceuticals was founded by Richard A. Young, Nathanael S. Gray and James E. Bradner on November 9, 2011 and is headquartered in Cambridge, MA.

Member, Board of Directors
2012 - Current

Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company, which engages in the research, development, and commercialization of novel therapeutics in treating chronic liver diseases. Its product pipeline is OCALIVA which is used for the treatment of primary biliary cholangitis, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, and biliary atresia. The company was founded by Mark E. Pruzanski and Roberto Pellicciari on September 4, 2002 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Member, Board of Directors
2011 - Current

Principia Biopharma, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company which engages in design and development of small molecule drugs within the fields of autoimmune disease and oncology. It operates through Tailored Covalency platform, which enables to purpose-design and develop small molecule inhibitors of enzymes and receptor ligands with potencies and selectivities that rival those of injectable biologics, yet maintain the convenience of a pill. The company was founded by Jack Taunton and Richard A. Miller on October 28, 2008 and is headquartered in South San Francisco, CA.


The George Institute for Global Health provides research and development for international health. It develops tools to empower people to improve their own health. The firm also uses mobile technology to make healthcare accessible worldwide and improves outcomes among stroke survivors. It helps preventing complications of diabetes. The company was founded by Stephen MacMahon and Robyn Norton in 1999 and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia.

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SOFINNOVA VENTURE PARTNERS IX, L.P. raised money in a private placement transaction

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PIramed Ltd. develops drugs, diagnostics, and other therapeutic products. It develops treatment for cancers which include proliferation, invasion, angiogenesis, and metastasis. The company was co-founded by Michael Waterfield, Peter Parker, and Paul Workman in 2003 and is headquartered in Slough, UK.

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Versartis, Inc. is an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company, which engages in the research and development of pharmaceutical products. Its portfolio includes Somavartan and XTEN TEchnology which target the endocrine disorders and growth hormone deficiencies. The company was founded by Jeffrey L. Cleland, Mark de Boer, Willem Stemmer, Volker Schellenberger, and Joshua Silverman on December 10, 2008 and is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA.

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Rank #84
Forbes Magazine - The Midas List
Rank #82
Forbes Magazine - The Midas List
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