Nucleate Announces Entrepreneurial Scientist Playbooks

2 min readJul 25, 2022


Nucleate, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering tomorrow’s biotech leaders by educating today’s academic trainees, announced today that it has received support from Schmidt Futures to create Entrepreneurial Scientist Playbooks, the first of Nucleate’s Research Initiatives.

Nucleate’s Research Initiative is a global effort that aims to provide context and understanding to the complex landscape of biotech education. In line with Schmidt Futures’ mission to bet early on exceptional people working to solve hard problems in science and society, the Research Initiative will map biotech ecosystems, source innovative new technologies, and provide open-access resources to the community. Nucleate’s Entrepreneurial Scientist Playbooks will address key knowledge gaps experienced by PhD students and postdoctoral fellows when transitioning from an academic lab project to a viable company. Like all Nucleate initiatives, these playbooks will be free and publicly available.

Tom Kalil, Chief Innovation Officer of Schmidt Futures, said, “Nucleate is playing a critical role in empowering academic trainees to launch the next wave of biotech startups. These playbooks will help early-career scientists develop the next life-saving therapy, vaccine, or diagnostic, or bio-based climate solution.”

Nucleate is currently recruiting academic trainees as compensated “Nucleate Research Fellows” to develop these Entrepreneurial Scientist Playbooks. The organization is also seeking industry collaborators to provide expert guidance and mentorship. To contribute to Nucleate’s Entrepreneurial Scientist Playbooks, please contact

“We’re honored to be selected by Schmidt Futures to spearhead the development of this open-access resource,” said Soufiane Aboulhouda, Nucleate founding President, Chairman of the Board, and PhD candidate at Harvard Medical School. “We are excited to build the Entrepreneurial Scientist Playbooks as a complement to our existing Activator curriculum, the life-sciences focused program for developing a viable venture thesis that has supported more than 100 venture teams around the country.”

About Nucleate

Nucleate is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering the next generation of biotech leaders, with chapters spanning 18 regions and participation from over 120 academic institutions. Nucleate identifies future biotech entrepreneurs, removes barriers, and helps founders concentrate on building transformational technologies.

Nucleate’s programs are made possible thanks to our generous sponsors: (platinum) Alnylam, Genentech, Pillar; (gold) Alexandria LaunchLabs, Benchling, Emerald Cloud Labs, Morrison & Foerster; (silver) Latch Bio, Watershed; and philanthropic support from Schmidt Futures. Visit for our regional sponsors and more information.

About Schmidt Futures

Schmidt Futures is a philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt that bets early on exceptional people making the world better.