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Nina Kjellson

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General Partner

"If you’re committed to advancing the quality and availability of medical care, you and I share a common objective. I’m looking for entrepreneurs that are changing the face of health care by combining vision and innovation with sound planning and leadership."

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Nina Kjellson has been part of InterWest's healthcare team since 2002, focusing primarily on investments in biopharmaceuticals.
She is a board member of Alt12Alvine Pharmaceuticals, Cebix, Eiger Biopharmaceuticals, Labrys Biologics, Lycera, Ocera (OCRX), PrimeraDx and Welltok. Nina co-sponsored InterWest's investment in TESARO (TSRO). She also leads InterWest's initiative in healthcare IT. Nina is a director of the Consumer Medicine Summit, a forum to address the convergence of healthcare and consumer innovation, and serves as a mentor to the Nike+ Accelerator and to Blueprint Health.

Prior to joining InterWest, Nina was an investment manager at Bay City Capital, a life sciences merchant bank, and a research associate at Oracle Partners, a healthcare-focused hedge fund. Nina began her career conducting health policy and survey research with the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Nina received a B.A. in human biology from Stanford University.

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Aspreva Pharmaceuticals (IPO 2006, ASPV), NovaCardia (Acquired by Merck in 2007), CNS Therapeutics (Acquired by Covidien in 2012), Trius Therapeutics (TSRX; Acquired by Cubist in 2013)

I've always known that my career would focus on medicine and the life sciences as I am committed to advancing health care technologies and improving access to care. At InterWest, I aim to implement an investment strategy that integrates market vision and technical innovation with sound business planning and leadership. In so doing, it is my objective to partner with the entrepreneurs and scientists working to change the face of health care.

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