Edwin M. Kania, Jr. is a co-founder of HDAI and serves on its Board. Mr. Kania is the co-founder of Flagship Pioneering, a leading life sciences venture firm. He was the firm’s Chairman between 2001 and 2014, and continues as Managing Partner for the Flagship funds raised during that period. Kania has 35 years of experience in the venture capital industry. Prior to co-founding Flagship in 2000, he served as Managing Partner at OneLiberty Ventures and as a General Partner at its predecessor firm, Morgan, Holland Ventures.
Throughout his professional career, Kania has operated as an investor and active partner to entrepreneurs in company building. His direct investment experience covers over 100 companies. In addition, he has been intimately involved in the launch and development of nearly twenty companies as the founding, lead or co-lead investor, and on occasion has assumed operating roles in support of management. The total value of the companies in which Kania has participated as founding or lead investor exceeds $10 billion. Kania presently serves on the Board of several private companies and has been a Director for numerous publicly-traded and private companies. He has also been a long-time Director of MassBio, a not-for-profit organization representing the Massachusetts biopharmaceutical industry, and is a member of Harvard Partners’ Innovation Advisory Board.
Kania earned his undergraduate degree in physics from Dartmouth College and his MBA from Harvard Business School.