A cross-disciplinary science environment between chemistry, engineering and clinical sciences would allow a holistic approach for researchers to address long-range challenges in Human health (better diagnostics, better disease control, better prevention). Until ChEM-H at Stanford University no such institution has been founded. The institute focuses on molecules, allowing researchers to study human biology at a more fundamental level than cells, thereby paving the way for new tools to cure or prevent disease. Above all, ChEM-H educates a new type of student who will transform healthcare – someone with the eyes of a clinician, the wisdom of a scientist, and the problem solving skills of an engineer. The jury thought that Carolyn Bertozzi’s institute truly represents the need for novel, interdisciplinary applied research to identify new ways to better public health.