Healthcare

Nina Kjellson

General Partner / West Coast

Since 2015

Nina Kjellson invests in biopharma and digital health companies that serve unmet therapeutic and access needs. As a leader of Canaan’s Women of Venture program, Nina is a vocal advocate for women entrepreneurs and investors. She serves as a mentor to Blueprint Health and Springboard Life Sciences and on the boards of Essential Access Health, the California Leadership Council for The Nature Conservancy and the Oliver Wyman Health Innovation Center. Nina is also a 2018 Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellow. Previously, Nina was a General Partner at Interwest Partners. She holds a B.A. in human biology from Stanford University.

Nina in 5

Origins: Born in Scandinavia

Travel: Have a major case of wanderlust (with a passport to prove it)

Sport: Love being outdoors & deep in nature

Interests: A good book (or Ripple by the Grateful Dead) can turn any day around

Family: Nothing beats time spent with my family & friends

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WoVen Podcast: Working with grit (and a patient's perspective) in women’s health -- A conversation with Gail Maderis

FierceBiotech: A personalized CAR-T to attack every solid tumor? PACT Pharma has a plan

WoVen Podcast: Blazing a trail (and building a family) as a pioneering VC - A conversation with Ginger More

MedCityNews: Pact Pharma enrolls first patients in Phase Ia/Ib solid tumor cell therapy study

WoVen Podcast: Crafting success (and balance) in venture - A conversation with Wende Hutton

WoVen Podcast: Breaking ground (and battling bias) in brain surgery - A conversation with Dr. Odette Harris

Nina Kjellson: Introducing the WoVen Podcast, a series that celebrates remarkable women in healthcare, tech & business

Coming soon: The WoVen Podcast

BioCentury: Vineti is keeping cell therapies on track

Nina Kjellson: The roadmap for board diversity

Nina Kjellson: In case of emergency -- expert tips for weathering a crisis

Nina Kjellson: "Jumping together" to move the field of personalized cancer therapy

BioCentury: Why GV and Canaan backed PACT Pharma's hyperpersonalized cancer approach

Nina Kjellson: Practical tips from two male biotech CEOs who are leaning in

Nina Kjellson: When it comes to women in venture, a 30x return on investment...in each other

Nina Kjellson: A critical marriage for science and health tech

Bloomberg Tech: Canaan Partners see race for firms to hire more women

Endpoints News: When VCs hand out mega-rounds to Vir and Gossamer, are they betting on the jockey or the horse?

CNBC: After a miserable 2017, VCs offer predictions on digital health IPOs for 2018

FiercePharma: 2017’s fiercest women in life sciences

CNBC: 11 women who prove that health tech investing isn’t a boys’ club

Bloomberg: America’s drinking problem is much worse this century

Fierce Biotech: Canaan unveils $800 million fund for fresh wave of biotech bets

BioTech Nation Podcast: Women in biotech venture capital

Cigna collaborates with Annum Health to introduce a digital health solution to help people reduce alcohol consumption

Nina Kjellson: Why I'm excited to help reinvent treatment for heavy drinking

Nina in 5

Origins: Born in Scandinavia

Travel: Have a major case of wanderlust (with a passport to prove it)

Sport: Love being outdoors & deep in nature

Interests: A good book (or Ripple by the Grateful Dead) can turn any day around

Family: Nothing beats time spent with my family & friends