Innovation Kitchen

The Innovation Kitchen, a project of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM)/Texas Heart Institute (THI) Center for Cell and Organ Biotechnology (CCOB), provides space for students to design, fabricate, and test their own inventions with the help of CCOB experts.

The Innovation Kitchen provides space for students to design, fabricate, and test inventions with the help of experts within the CCOB.

Our goal is to provide the tools necessary for Texas A&M students from a variety of backgrounds and interests to create technology and potential startup business ventures.

Through this project, awarded students are provided with funding, mentoring, and laboratory space. Awarded student teams receive seed funding of up to $10,000 over two semesters to complete their design, development, and testing, along with a stipend of $450/month per team member, a CCOB faculty mentor, and access to the Innovation Kitchen and laboratory staff.

About the Innovation Kitchen Laboratory

Innovation KitchenThe Innovation Kitchen Laboratory is designed with an eye toward the commercialization of innovative new ideas, inventions, and/or products that address real-world problems. This laboratory is a fully equipped BL-2 laboratory within the CVM and staffed by experts within the CCOB. Available equipment includes:

Who can apply?

Teams of two students are invited to submit three-page project and team descriptions for review. Ideal teams will include one junior or senior undergraduate and one graduate student; however, teams including only undergraduates or graduate students are eligible to apply, as are single individuals. If necessary, Innovation Kitchen staff will aid in finding additional team members.

How to Apply

Applications for access to the Innovation Kitchen at the CVM will be accepted once during each academic semester. Inquiries about the program should be submitted by email to Dr. Lakeshia Taite at with the subject “Innovation Kitchen.”