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: August 6, 2019

NEW FUNDING PROGRAM — RFA: Entrepreneurial Fellows
▸ CBC invites applications to the CBC Entrepreneurial Fellows program at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago

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 a rolling basis 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: September 1, 2019

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 29: February 17-21, 2020

▸ Catalyst RFA

▸ More programs

Announcement  I  Posted: June 18, 2019  I  (Updated: Aug. 14, 2019)

Upcoming CBCAN meeting
▸ CBC Accelerator Award recipients’ progress reports

Date: Friday, September 13, 2019

Time: 4:00 – 7:00 PM

Location: Discovery Partners Institute
200 South Wacker Drive
Fourth Floor
Chicago, IL 60606

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!

Announcement  I  Posted: August 19, 2019

17th Annual CBC Symposium (2020)
▸ Epigenetics and Disease

Date: Fall 2020 (TBA)

Location: TBA

Organizers: Jim Audia (Chair; CBC), Lucy Godley (Co-Chair; CBC Scientific Director for UChicago) and Rick Morimoto (Co-Chair; CBC Scientific Director for NU)

More information coming up soon!

▸ More events

Success Story  I  September 12, 2019

▸ ECM in health and disease
Featuring CBC Catalyst Awardee—Alexandra Naba, UIC

Recent CBC Catalyst Awardee, Alexandra Naba, UIC, reviews current scientific approaches to studying extracellular matrix (ECM) in healthy and pathological tissue samples. Congratulations!

Success Story  I  September 10, 2019

▸ Curious if (or which) viruses live in municipal wastewater treatment plants?
Featuring CBC Catalyst Team—Brian Murphy and Rachel Poretsky, UIC and George Wells, NU

A CBC Catalyst team of Brian Murphy and Rachel Poretsky, UIC and George Wells, NU, reports in Microbial Biotechnology. Congratulations!

“In the News”  I  September 10, 2019

▸ Circadian rhythm and hunger
Featuring CBC Awardee—Joseph Bass, NU

Recent work by a CBC Awardee Joseph Bass, NU, featured in the Summer 2019 issue of Northwestern Medicine Magazine, exemplifies the continuity of a research direction initiated by a 2011 CBC Spark Award. Congratulations!

News  I  September 6, 2019

▸ Lakeside Discovery and West Loop Innovations announce Fall 2019 RFP
Featuring Lakeside Discovery and West Loop Innovations

Success Story  I  September 6, 2019

▸ Introducing a light-operated pacemaker
Featuring CBC Awardee—Bozhi Tian, UChicago

▸ More news

Posted: September 10, 2019
Lakeside Discovery and West Loop Innovations announce Fall 2019 RFP

The timeline for the submission cycle is identical for both Lakeside Discovery and West Loop Innovations. RFP opened September 3, 2019; LOIs submissions deadline October 9, 2019.
▸ Learn more

Posted: August 19, 2019
Job Opportunity: ClostraBio is seeking talented people!

ClostraBio is looking for a Scientific Operations Manager to drive the ongoing development of ClostraBio’s microbiome-modulating technologies. ClostraBio is a preclinical stage company creating new medicines to prevent and treat food allergy. These medicines work by altering the microbiome – the trillions of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and related compounds – that live in the human gut. Founded in 2016 based on groundbreaking work from the University of Chicago, the company has raised $4.6M to date and now supports 4 employees through a sponsored research agreement with the University of Chicago.
▸ Learn more

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: August 19, 2019
Save the date: September 16, 2019
▸ National Cancer Institute SBIR Grant Funding Workshop

Posted: September 5, 2019
Save the date: September 18, 2019
Women in Bio (WIB)-Chicago
▸ Start-Up Challenge 5.0

Posted: August 19, 2019
Save the date: September 26, 2019
▸ 2019 iCON Awards

Posted: September 16, 2019
Save the date: October 8, 2019
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and SmartHealth Activator
▸ Going Big or Small: Strategies for Venture Backed Biotech Startups
Featuring Thong Q. Le, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Accelerator Life Science Partners

Posted: September 9, 2019
Save the date: October 10, 2019
UChicago Neurobiology
▸ The 2019 Carlson Symposium on Neuroscience

Posted: July 23, 2019
Save the date: October 12, 2019
▸ 2nd Annual Halo Awards: Celebrating Heroes of Medicine

Posted: September 9, 2019
Save the date: October 22, 2019
UChicago Center for Chronic Disease Research and Policy
▸ 7th Annual Research Symposium
Transforming Suicide: Prevention, Care, Research, and Policy

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