Kristen Stanis

Class of 2018-2019

Marquette University, 2018
Biomedical Sciences

Why I chose ESTEEM:

Studying biomedical sciences was extremely interesting, but I sought a more creative role beyond that of a clinical one. I was enthusiastic to join ESTEEM's Class of 2019 because I knew it would give me the opportunity to ideate, create, think critically and work collaboratively, while allowing me to utilize my undergraduate science degree and develop a business acumen.

My capstone thesis project and why I'm excited about it:

Over the year, I have the pleasure of being sponsored by Allerief, Inc. for my thesis project. I will look at the commercialization potential of an oral pharmaceutical that functions to mitigate food-induced allergic reactions. My experience as the business intern on Wisconsin’s first rice farm will help me transfer my working knowledge of a start-up to my thesis. I am particularly excited to gain better insight on the cost structure, strengths, potential key partners, and opportunities associated with pharma start-ups, as well as work closely with my sponsor.

What I hope to do after ESTEEM:

My passion lies in healthcare. After ESTEEM I want to Fix Things That Matter. My goal is to fulfill a role that will constantly challenge me to strategize and develop innovative solutions, to better the lives of patients, their families and healthcare providers alike. 

What I like to do when I'm not working:

In all things that I do, I work to embrace “mindfulness.” Markedly, through thoughtful meditation and purposeful movement, such as yoga. In the winter time, I LOVE to ski the slopes and keep up with my favorite ice hockey team, the New York Rangers!

And finally:

Working with my cohort has been an AMAZING experience, I have grown both professionally and personally in the past 6 weeks. We are a class that is filled with so much talent from such diverse backgrounds. Already, I have learned so much because everyone is so willing to share their strengths and help one another out! ESTEEM students takes the term "collaboration" to a different level.