The mission of the Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) is to stimulate collaboration among scientists at Northwestern University, The University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago and others to accelerate discovery that will transform biomedical research and improve the health of humankind.
The CBC gratefully acknowledges support from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust.

Announcement  I  Posted: February 14, 2019  I  Updated: May 1, 2019

NEW FUNDING PROGRAM — RFA: Entrepreneurial Fellows
▸ CBC invites applications to the new CBC-Northwestern University Entrepreneurial Fellows (EF) Award program

The EF program identifies and supports the professional development of academic researchers who are keen to develop skills and experiences needed to move translational projects from a university lab towards commercialization and potentially into a Chicago-based biotech start-up. Recent PhD and/or MD/PhD recipients who have a strong interest and passion for driving innovative and transformational biomedical research from the university towards clinical and ultimately commercial applications are eligible to apply to the program.

Applications for the initial class of Entrepreneurial Fellows will be accepted on the rolling basis until August 1, 2019 or until the positions are filled.

▸ Entrepreneurial Fellows RFA


Announcement  I  Posted: May 23, 2019

RFA: CBC Accelerator Award
▸ Announcing next round of applications

CBC Accelerator Award is a milestone-driven award program (up to $100,000 for 1st year) focused on translational research toward therapeutics or associated biomarkers and diagnostics.

Application dates for round 4 LOIs: November 11-22, 2019

▸ Accelerator RFA


Announcement  I  Posted: February 19, 2018

RFA: CBC Catalyst Award
▸ Announcing next round of applications

Catalysts are one-time incentive awards (up to $250,000), focused on basic biological/ biomedical research with transformative potential, made to teams with principals and other strong representation from at least two of the CBC institutions.

Application dates for round 28: August 26-30, 2019

▸ Catalyst RFA


▸ More programs


Announcement  I  Posted: June 18, 2019

Upcoming CBCAN meetings

Following CBCANs are in a planning phase for 2019:

  • CBC Accelerator Award recipients’ (Rd. 1) progress reports (TBA)
  • CBC Accelerator Award recipients’ (Rd. 2) progress reports (TBA)

More information coming up soon!


Announcement  I  Posted: December 12, 2018 (Updated: March 21, 2019)

17th Annual CBC Symposium (2019)
▸ The impact of machine learning and AI on biomedicine

Date: Friday, October 11, 2019

Location: UChicago Campus

Organizers: Bob Grossman (UChicago), Alex Leow (UIC) and Yuan Luo (NU)

More information coming up soon!


Announcement  I  Posted: April 18, 2019

Upcoming CBC Award Programs’ Information Sessions (2019)

Building on the success of the CBC Accelerator Award Information Session at Northwestern in December 2018, the CBC is planning a series of similar info sessions and/or workshops about both, the Accelerator and the Catalyst Award programs.

The info sessions in planning phase for 2019 include:

  • CBC Accelerator and Catalyst Award Info Session at UIC (TBA)
  • CBC Accelerator and Catalyst Award Info Session at UChicago (TBA)

More information coming up soon!


▸ More events

“In the NEWS”  I  June 18, 2019

▸ The CBC-supported Enzyme by Design soars!

Featuring CBC Awardee—Arnon Lavie, UIC

CBC Accelerator Award among grants that have contributed to almost $1 million in secured funding by a UIC spin-off company. Congratulations!


Success story  I  June 17, 2019

▸ Copper centers revealed with top-down mass spectrometry
Featuring four CBC Affiliates—Amy Rosenzweig, Rahul Purohit, Neil Kelleher and Paul Thomas, NU

Three CBC Awards contribute to today’s publication in Nature Communications! Congratulations!


News  I  June 17, 2019

▸ “Commercialization in Context: Life Sciences”

A collaboration between the CBC, the Graduate School (TGS) at Northwestern and Kellogg, concluded its Alpha offering on June 5, 2019. The CBC intends to continue our collaboration with Kellogg and TGS and anticipate offering the course in Spring 2020.


“In the NEWS”  I  June 14, 2019

▸ Chicago Biomedical Innovation Alliance (CBIA) has launched!


Success story  I  June 13, 2019

▸ Germline genetic risk variants and carcinogenesis
Featuring CBC Senior Investigator—Kevin White, UChicago


▸ More news

Posted: Jan. 18, 2019
2019 Award Competition: Development of Point-Of-Care Testing for HIV and Co-Morbidities for Use in Low and Middle Income Countries
The NIBIB-funded Center for Innovation in Point-of-Care Technologies for HIV/AIDS at Northwestern University (C-THAN) seeks collaborative research projects to develop novel point-of-care technologies (POCT) aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment monitoring of HIV/AIDS and co-morbidities in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). If successful, projects should be viable candidates for commercial development. Awards will be up to $100,000.
▸ Learn more


Posted: Dec. 19, 2018
INVOForward Seeking Teams Interested in Commercializing Therapeutics
INVOForward is a mentorship program designed to help Northwestern teams accelerate biomedical commercialization, such as therapeutics, medical devices, and Health IT.
▸ Learn more
▸ Apply


Posted: Dec. 3, 2018
The NIA funded Alzheimer’s Clinical Trial Consortia (ACTC) soliciting proposals from investigators for consideration into larger clinical trials.
The ACTC is led by Dr. Paul Aisen (USC), Dr. Reisa Sperling (Harvard), Dr. Ron Petersen (Mayo), and Dr. Laurie Ryan from NIA. Projects that are developed as part of ACTC may be either NIA funded entirely, or funded as public-private partnerships. All phases of clinical trials are being considered as studies in this Consortium.
▸ More info


Posted: Aug. 8, 2018
New, Updated and Expanded Services provided by the University of Chicago Genomics Facility
The University of Chicago Genomics Facility has:


Posted: Aug. 1, 2018 (Updated Oct. 5, 2018)
New Opportunities for the CBC Community
Northwestern’s NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology has a few opportunities for researchers in quantitative biology.


▸ More opportunities

Posted: June 14, 2019
Save the date: June 18, 2019, 4:00pm, Pancoe 3103, NU Evanston Campus
Department of Molecular Biosciences, NU
Special seminar: Human-based disease modeling and therapeutic development
Featuring Yanhong Shi, PhD, Director, Division of Stem Cell Biology Research, Department of Development and Stem Cell Biology, City of Hope, Duarte, CA


Posted: June 18, 2019
Save the date: June 21, 2019
UChicago Neurosurgery
▸ Symposium: Congenital Anomalies of the Nervous System: Important Problems Waiting for a Solution


Posted: June 18, 2019
Save the date: June 21, 2019
UChicago Institute for Biophysical Dynamics
▸ Science@the Interface: Machine Learning in Biology


Posted: June 12, 2019
Save the date: July 9, 2019
UIC Office of Technology Management
▸ West Loop Innovations Information Session
Learn about the potential funding opportunities for novel drug therapy projects.


Posted: June 12, 2019
Save the date: July 9, 2019
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and SmartHealth Activator
▸ Biopathways: Revolutionizing the Fight Against Cancer: An Israeli Perspective
Featuring Prof. Sarit Larisch, University of Haifa.


Posted: May 21, 2019
Save the date: July 19, 2019
UIC College of Pharmacy and Chicago Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group
▸ Chicago Mass Spec Day
Keynote speaker: Yue Chen, University of Minnesota.


Posted: April 18, 2019
Save the date: July 23 – July 25, 2019
UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science
▸ Short Course in Clinical and Translational Research Methods


Posted: June 12, 2019
Save the date: November 1, 2019
UICentre & Center for Clinical and Translational Science
▸ Drug Discovery Workshop: Phenotypic Drug Discovery: Why, When and How


▸ More biotech & entrepreneurship