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: June 11, 2018

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: January 14-18, 2019

▸ Accelerator RFA


Announcement  I  Posted: August 29, 2018

RFA: CBC Catalyst Award
▸ CBC invites new 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: February 11-15, 2019

▸ Catalyst RFA


▸ More programs

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!

▸ More events


Announcement  I  Posted: December 5, 2018

POSITION OPEN: CBC Executive Assistant
The CBC has opened a search for the CBC Executive Assistant, who will provide specialized, complex, and confidential support to the Executive Director. The perfect candidate is a high functioning administrative professional with the ability to manage multiple priorities using discretion, diplomacy, and exemplary judgment. The Executive Assistant independently handles confidential and time sensitive information, prepares routine and advanced correspondence and manages the complex calendar of the Executive Director of the Chicago Biomedical Consortium. Event planning and coordination for CBC-sponsored events required.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, January 18, 2019.

▸ More info
▸ Download the Position Description and Requirements (PDF)
▸ Apply


Newsletter  I  Dec. 21, 2018

▸ CBC-on’s Greetings!

2018 has been a great year for the CBC and we have much to be thankful for. Here are some highlights we are happy to share with you!


News  I  Dec. 14, 2018

▸ CBC Lunch December 11, 2018 – a recap

Standing room only at the CBC Accelerator Award Information Session at Northwestern.


News  I  Dec. 7, 2018

▸ CBCAN December 6, 2018 – a recap

Fireside Chat with Constellation Pharmaceuticals CEO, Jigar Raythatha, Concludes CBCAN Programming for 2018. Hosted by CBC Executive Director, Jim Audia.


DIRECTOR’S CORNER  I  Nov. 30, 2018

▸ CBC Catalyst Award Past and Future
Featuring CBC Executive Director—Jim Audia


SUCCESS STORY  I  Nov. 8, 2018

▸ NF-kappa beta, inflammation and sleep disorders
Featuring CBC awardee—Joseph Bass, NU


▸ More news

Posted: December 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: August 8, 2018
New, Updated and Expanded Services provided by the University of Chicago Genomics Facility

The University of Chicago Genomics Facility has:


Posted: August 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: December 21, 2018
Save the date: Friday, February 8, 2019
Sponsor: UIC College of Pharmacy
▸ College of Pharmacy Research Day
Abstract submission deadline: Tuesday, January 15, 2019.


Posted: December 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. It is designed to increase entrepreneurship by helping potential or current biomedical entrepreneurship teams focus on the customer discovery process and relevant commercialization ecosystem and terminologies. Through their discovery, the teams test and identify their market fit and assess the level of impact of their business proposition. INVOForward is modeled after, and will expand upon programs like the NIH I-Corps and University of Michigan’s Fast Forward Medical Innovation.
▸ Learn more
▸ Apply


Posted: October 2018
Illinois at a Glance; What makes up the ecosystem? Check out a slide deck by Illinois Science & Technology Coalition:
▸ Illinois Innovation Ecosystem

▸ More biotech & entrepreneurship