Activator, for next-generation bioentrepreneurs
Our primary program begins with a “mutual-matching” team formation phase, followed by workshops and mentor office hours, culminating in a final pitch showcase before world-renowned judges.
Focused on big challenges
TherapeuticsHow do we develop safer and more effective drugs?
DiagnosticsHow do we diagnose diseases more reliably, cheaply, and earlier?
ToolsHow do we better understand and control biological systems?
Food & AgricultureHow do we feed humans nourishing food in a sustainable way?
Chemicals & EnergyHow do we produce chemicals and energy from more sustainable sources?
Consumer ProductsHow do we sustainably manufacture consumer packaged goods & materials?
Our program provides a proven and unparalleled competitive advantage
to begin the lab-to-market journey.
Direct weekly support from successful biotech founders, operators, and investors through office hours and workshops.
Priceless one-on-one feedback from top-tier life sciences experts across the biotech ecosystem.
Form powerful relationships with an exceptional cohort of executives, investors, scientists, and peers through exclusive Nucleate events.
Supercharge your scientific trajectory with perks from leading providers of CRO and cloud computing services, plus up to $10K funding.
PhD, Postdoc, JD, MBA, MD, Master’s
Nucleate is for all current academic trainees who want to launch a life-science venture. Each participant may apply as a technologist or a generalist (to be matched during team formation phase), and should have approval from principal investigator and TTO if applicable. Team should be intending to ‘spin-out’ in the near future.SEE ALL REQUIREMENTS
Empowering the next generation of biotech founders
SOURCING THE NEXT GENERATION OF BIOTECH FOUNDERS
We find the most promising future bioentrepreneurs and early-stage research by partnering with the many institutes, departments, offices, and hospitals in our community. We then funnel our teams into a specialized program built specifically for life science commercialization.
PROGRAM STRUCTURE & CULTURE
We think carefully about the culture of our program. Over the course of 4 months, students and trainees engage in an in intensive hand-on learning curriculum and participate in numerous diverse networking opportunities. Our program is organized into 5 tiers that each provide valuable experiences.
It all begins at core team formation. Over the course of several events, scientific researchers have an opportunity to interact with trainees who would strengthen an early-stage startup; program participants identify a partner to work with during the program. We don’t force anyone together, and the partnership is non-binding. Our job is to get the brightest minds working together, and our goal is to facilitate the introduction of potential co-founders.
Once the core team has formed we send your profiles to experienced serial entrepreneurs and/or biotech executive mentors. We match you with 2-3 mentors according to scientific area and expertise needed by the core team. You’ll meet with these mentors on a weekly basis to work through program deliverables and foreseeable company roadblocks.
Teams engage in a 12-week curriculum designed in collaboration with our world-class advisors structured to address the critical aspects of company formation.
We provide opportunities to engage with some of the most accomplished founders, investors, and executives across biotechnology.
The program ends with a closed-room final pitch to VC judges. During this event we invite a keynote speaker, program advisors, mentors, and experts.
Applications are due October 1.
Scientists who have developed technology with commercialization potential.
Business students with deep expertise in biotech, interested in entrepreneurship.
Resident physicians interested in biotech and innovation help define the unmet clinical need.
Nucleate Leadership evaluates applications and selects semi-finalists.
Scientists present their technologies to semi-finalists.
Business students rank technologies by interest; scientists and business students mutually form teams.
EARLY JAN 2023
Semi-Finalist Team Interview Nucleate Leadership interviews mutual-matched scientists and business students on program fit, vision, team dynamic, technology & IP.
LATE JAN 2023
Nucleate leadership selects final cohort.
Discuss and agree on individual and team goals.
What type of projects are available?
Projects in life sciences that have not received any equity funding, but with preliminary POC data. Projects have received consent to participate from tech transfer offices, but have not yet licensed IP. Less than one year to the next inflection point that require substantial investment (translational academic or private)
What are the expectations on time commitment?
It is project dependent, but can range from 5-10 hours/week including by weekly workshops
Do you take equity/ what does Nucleate get in return?
The program is free and we do not take equity. Our passion is meeting and building a community of student bioentrepreneurs. We get to help you and that is what we love to do
What are the expectations on founder roles & equity?
No implicit legal partnership formed via participation in program, unless voluntarily discussed during program. Members of a team are to be treated equally and fairly in this startup venture. Founder roles, rights and obligations to be discussed and negotiated in good faith upon program completion.
Who owns the IP?
IP of tech previously developed in academic labs are owned by respective institutions. Teams are expected to obtain consent from respective tech transfer offices to enter Nucleate. Teams will work with tech transfer offices to build a compelling case to spin-out tech into startup