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 (Updated March 7, 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 5-16, 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 26-30, 2019

▸ Catalyst RFA

▸ More programs

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 CBCANs (2019)

The CBC Accelerator Network (CBCAN) program has created a community, bringing together industry experts, university tech transfer officers, researchers and others from the local and extended biomedical ecosystem with discoveries that may have commercial potential.

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)
  • Fireside Chat with a local entrepreneur (TBA)

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

Success Story  I  April 18, 2019

▸ Extraterrestrial living?
Featuring CBC Affiliate—Stefan Green, UIC

CBC affiliate, Stefan Green, UIC, contributes to the Northwestern University led study of the twins living on Earth and in space, recently published in Science.


Success Story  I  April 17, 2019

▸ Diverse angles of cancer treatment
Featuring three CBC Affiliates—Thomas Gajewski, Melody Swartz and Jeffrey Hubbell, UChicago

Three UChicago scientists with links to CBC, Thomas Gajewski, Melody Swartz and Jeffrey Hubbell discuss different types of cancer treatments and stress the importance of translational research.


Success Story  I  April 17, 2019

▸ Boosting immunotherapy through increased antigen presentation
Featuring CBC Awardee—Chuan He, UChicago

CBC multiple awardee Chuan He, UChicago, explains [in a Nature paper] how inhibition of a certain protease pathway in dendritic cells significantly increases antigen presentation causing a much higher immunotherapy efficacy in the melanoma mouse model. Congratulations!

Success Story  I  April 17, 2019

▸ UIC’s TTC-352 and G1T48
Featuring two CBC Awardees—Debra Tonetti and Greg Thatcher, UIC

Success Story  I  April 14, 2019

▸ If you ‘jerk,’ you’ll die…
Featuring four CBC Awardees—Andrew Stephens, John Marko, Guillermo Ameer and Vadim Backman, NU

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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: April 11, 2019
Save the date: April 28-30, 2019
Center for Advancing Molecular Imaging at Northwestern University
▸ 5th Annual Preclinical Imaging Consortium (PIC) Conference
Note: CBC’s own Karen Snapp will present on April 30: “Chicago Biomedical Consortium: Supporting Basic Biomedical and Translational Research”

Posted: April 3, 2019
Save the date: May 2, 2019
NU Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
▸ Enhancing Quality in the Translational Research Workforce Conference (EQuaTR)

Posted: April 18, 2019
Save the date: May 14, 2019
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and SmartHealth Activator
▸ BioPathways: Marketing Illinois Globally: Challenges and Opportunities
Featuring Mark Peterson, President & CEO, Intersect Illinois.

Posted: April 18, 2019
Save the date: May 21, 2019
UIC School of Dentistry
▸ UIC Aging & Health Symposium

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: 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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