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

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 May 1, 2019 or until the positions are filled.

▸ Entrepreneurial Fellows RFA

Announcement  I  Posted: January 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: August 12-16, 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: August, 2019 (TBA)

▸ Catalyst RFA

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Announcement  I  Posted: February 11, 2019

TGS & CBC Course
▸ Commercialization in Context: Life Sciences

The Graduate School (TGS) of Northwestern in conjunction with CBC is offering a new course which will take place April 3 – June 5 on Wednesday evenings, 5 – 8PM in Wieboldt Hall on the NU Chicago campus (room TBD). The course will focus on the commercialization of life science research with an emphasis on intellectual property. Kellogg faculty will organize and teach the course in collaboration with representatives from the CBC and TGS. Students from all 3 CBC universities can attend; NU graduate students can register for credit and UChicago and UIC graduate students are invited to attend/audit the course.

An information session describing the course will be held on Wednesday, February 20th in Wieboldt Hall (340 East Superior Street), Room 150 from 12 noon – 1PM.

▸ View the flyer!

Announcement  I  Posted: December 7, 2018

CBC Course
▸ Preclinical Safety Assessment and Mitigation Strategies in Drug Discovery

Date: April 9-10, 2019 (a one-and-a-half-day course)

  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019; 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019; 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: MATTER
Instructor: Bryan H. Norman, PhD
Independent Consultant/Instructor
(Retired from Eli Lilly and Company)

Announcement  I  Posted: December 12, 2018

17th Annual CBC Symposium (2019)
▸ CBC Future Science – AI, Genomics, and Bioethics

Date: Friday, October 11, 2019

Location: UChicago Campus

More information coming up soon!

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Success Story  I  Feb. 20, 2019

▸ Prosthetic limbs getting smarter (Part III)
Featuring two CBC Awardees—Sliman Bensmaia and Nicho Hatsopoulos, UChicago

Complexity of feeling texture — CBC Catalyst Awardee, Sliman Bensmaia, UChicago, has begun to decipher.


Success Story  I  Feb. 19, 2019

▸ Prosthetic limbs getting smarter (Part II)
Featuring CBC Awardee—Sliman Bensmaia, UChicago

CBC Catalyst Awardee, Sliman Bensmaia, UChicago, explains the promise and challenges of bionic limbs.


Success Story  I  Feb. 19, 2019

▸ Prosthetic limbs getting smarter (Part I)
Featuring two CBC Awardees—Sliman Bensmaia and Nicho Hatsopoulos, UChicago

Two CBC Affiliates, Sliman Bensmaia and Nicho Hatsopoulos, UChicago, to lead an NIH-supported project developing mind-controlled limb prosthetics. Congratulations!

Success Story  I  Feb. 19, 2019

▸ CT45, or cancer/testis antigen 45
Featuring CBC Awardee—Ernst Lengyel, UChicago

News  I  Feb. 18, 2019

▸ CBC Welcomes Molly Reese!
Featuring CBC new hire—Molly Reese, CBC

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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. 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: Feb. 15, 2019
Save the date: February 22, 2019
UIC College of Pharmacy
18th Annual Webster-Sibilsky Lectureship
▸ From JANUVIA to MARIZEV (Omarigliptin), a Once Weekly DPP-4 Inhibitor for the Treatment of Diabetes
Featuring Ann Weber, PhD, SVP-Kallyope

Posted: Feb. 5, 2019
Save the date: February 28, 2019
▸ Leading with Equity: The Road To Improved Health Outcomes

Posted: Feb. 20, 2019
Save the date: March 12, 2019
Rosalind Franklin University and SmartHealth Activator
▸ Challenges Commercializing University Research & Technology
Featuring Alicia Löffler, Associate Provost for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, NU

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

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