Faramarz Yousefzadeh, JD, LLM

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Faramarz Yousefzadeh is a co-founder of GCAR and has served as its Board Chair since its establishment.

Mr. Yousefzadeh is the co-founder of WattEV, the first nationwide developer of electric charging stations for heavy-duty transport. 

Previously, Faramarz co-founded Auspex Pharmaceuticals, a San Diego-based drug discovery company that went public in 2013 and was acquired by Teva Pharmaceutical in 2015. While at Auspex, Faramarz served in various positions including President and Chairman of the Board.

In 2003, he co-founded STM Networks, a holding company that acquired the assets of the publicly traded STM, Inc., a leader in small-dish satellite communication. As a private company, STM Networks grew and expanded its business to provide satellite communication and related services worldwide. 

A graduate of USC School of Business, Mr. Yousefzadeh received his Master of Laws from NYU School of Law and Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law. He practiced law before California and federal courts for more than 15 years and is currently an inactive member of the California State Bar.

Having lost his wife, Afsaneh, to brain cancer, Faramarz is committed to accelerating the discovery and commercialization of viable drugs that will improve the survival of cancer patients.