Science & Medicine


Science & Medicine


Divya is a technology enthusiast, and the founder of StartX Med and Stem Cell Theranostics. She was selected as the 2013 Forbes 30 under 30 winner in Science & Healthcare.

As a freshman at Stanford University, Divya led research projects for novel stem cell therapies at the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. She dropped out, at the age of 20, to start Stem Cell Theranostics – a drug screening company that uses disease-specific beating heart cells derived from human skin to perform the first “clinical trial in a dish”.

She quickly realized that lots of cutting-edge medical technologies weren’t making it out of academic institutions due to a fundamental lack of entrepreneurship education for scientists, especially due to difficult commercialization landscapes. To address this problem, Divya founded the first non-profit medical entrepreneurship program for Stanford scientists, StartX Med.

StartX Med has grown to support over 30 healthcare technologies and partners with Stanford Hospital, Johnson & Johnson, and Merck to continue empowering technologists.


Medical Technology Advancements

Las Vegas Tech Cocktail (2013)

Women in Entrepreneurship

President Obama (2013)

Stanford Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Stanford Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Series (2012)

Opportunities & Volatility of Startups

National Physical Science Consortium (2012)


OnTrack Hackathon on a Train in Taipei, Taiwan

OnTrack Hackathon on a Train in Taipei, Taiwan

Medical Innovation Challenge at Stanford University

Medical Innovation Challenge at Stanford University


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