CBC Entrepreneurial Fellows Award to support Eric Schiffhauer

Type of Award: EF
Award Number: EF-001
Award Period: April 2019 - April 2020
Amount Awarded: $ 110,000.00
PI(s): Richard Morimoto, NU;

Abstract: The CBC Entrepreneurial Fellows (EF) Award program identifies and supports the professional development of academic researchers who are keen to develop the skills and experiences needed to move translational projects from a university lab toward commercialization and potentially into a Chicago-based biotech start-up. The program exposes Fellows to a breadth of real-world experiences with the full span of their home institution and across the CBC community. Fellows will receive guidance from a wide range of mentors, including university faculty, staff and tech transfer, industry experts and other representatives of the biomedical community.

Job Summary:
The CBC-Northwestern University Entrepreneurial Fellow will be a recent PhD recipient or will have recently completed an initial post doc in the biomedical sciences with a strong interest and passion for driving innovative and transformational biomedical research from the university toward clinical and ultimately commercial applications.

Working closely with the CBC Executive Director, Scientific Directors and staff, partners in Northwestern’s Innovation and New Venture Office (INVO) and Northwestern faculty from both the Evanston and Chicago campuses, the Fellow will have an active and central role in the development, refinement and implementation of CBC-funded awards focused on translational research, including Accelerator Award and Catalyst Award projects.

Additionally, the Fellow will support Lakeside Discovery (LD), a collaboration between Northwestern and Deerfield Management, to accelerate translation of university-based biomedical discoveries that have therapeutic and commercial potential. In close partnership with the Lakeside Discovery Alliance Director, the Fellow will assist in the development and refinement of pre-proposals from Northwestern faculty. For pre-proposals advancing within the portfolio, the Fellow will assist in the collection and assessment of data supporting the unmet medical need and commercial opportunity to assist with proposal evaluation. The fellow will work closely with the initiating laboratory, under the guidance of the Alliance Director, to develop a robust work plan which advances the biology toward pre-clinical (and ultimately clinical) proof-of-concept while assessing and subsequently addressing drug discovery/development risk. Fellows will be important members of Northwestern project teams for proposals throughout the evaluation process and will continue to support project teams for funded proposals within the Lakeside Discovery portfolio. During this process, the Fellow will be exposed to all aspects of drug discovery and early development, including development of robust project plans, timelines, budgets, competitive landscapes and clinical strategies.

The Fellow will also play an important role within the CBC and greater Chicago biomedical community, participating actively in CBC-sponsored events such as CBCAN (CBC Accelerator Network), CBC scientific symposia and workshops. A successful Fellow will actively engage partners at UChicago and UIC to share learnings and explore opportunities for synergistic collaborations in areas of common scientific interest. Opportunities for parallel experience-based learning will be provided to each individual Fellow through partners across the greater Chicago community including iBIO and MATTER, and with local biotech and pharma partners. Similarly, a breadth of mentorship opportunities will also be available through each of these partnerships as well as directly from CBC leadership and staff.