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Stanford ChEM-H Entrepreneurship at the Chemistry-Biology Interface

The Stanford ChEM-H Entrepreneurship at the Chemistry-Biology Interface Program is for undergraduate students interested in understanding how their knowledge of chemistry and biology can enable the discovery and development of therapeutic products for unmet clinical needs. Participating students work in teams to develop a technical and business plan for a new biotechnology company and are mentored by academic scientists, biotechnology professionals, and entrepreneurs.

Program Description

Participating students will work with a student team to develop a technical and business plan for a new biotechnology company over the course of the Fall Quarter. This plan includes preparing detailed budgets and financing strategies. Students will establish mentorship relationships and receive guidance from local academic scientists and biotechnology professionals at appropriate intervals during their project. Meetings between mentors, instructors, and students will occur on a weekly basis. The business plan product is to be presented to the mentors and selected members of the ChEM-H community at the end of Fall Quarter. 

Program Participants in the News

Stanford undergrads win Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for work combating antibiotic resistance

A team of Stanford ChEM-H undergraduates won a national prize for their work developing a new antibiotic to combat the growing threat of multidrug-resistant bacteria.


Young Inventors Work On Secret Proteins To Thwart Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

NPR interviewed ChEM-H undergraduate students who have started a company to tackle antibiotic resistant bacteria.


Stanford undergrads cook up a biotech startup to develop new antibiotics for drug-resistant superbugs

Stanford undergraduates receive a grant from ChEM-H to develop and test new antibiotics.


Information for Prospective Applicants


Applicants must be Stanford undergraduates who have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. 

Program Requirements

  • Attend a 90-minute weekly meeting (typically scheduled in the evening) 
  • Spend 5-10 hours/week deveoping your project with your team
  • Give a final pitch with your team at the end of the program


Applications for Fall 2017 are now closed. Please check back in Spring 2018 for details about the the next round of the program.

Applications must be submitted through the online portal at and will require the following:

  1. Resume - 2 pages max (PDF)
  2. Unofficial transcript (PDF)
  3. Personal statement describing who you are, why you want to participate, and what credentials you bring to the program in no more than 1 page (PDF)

Any questions may be directed to the Stanford ChEM-H Program Manager, Katherine Alfieri,