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

Success story  I  July 12, 2019

▸ Simulation-based small molecule screen
Featuring CBC Awardees—Elspeth Beauchamp, Matt Clutter, Leonidas Platanias and Gary Schiltz, NU

Four NU researchers and past CBC Awardees, Leonidas Platanias, Elspeth Beauchamp, Matt Clutter and Gary Schiltz, publish research funded in part by a CBC Lever Award. Congratulations!


Success story  I  July 8, 2019

▸ Defining the NSD2 interactome
Featuring CBC Awardees—Jonathan Licht and Neil Kelleher, NU

Two CBC Awardees, Jonathan Licht and Neil Kelleher, identify posttranslational modification crosstalk that may play a role in carcinogenesis. Congratulations!


Success story  I  July 8, 2019

▸ New insight into liver cancer treatment
Featuring CBC Awardees—Rick Silverman and Neil Kelleher, NU

CBC Awardee Rick Silverman and a CBC Senior Investigator, Neil Kelleher, NU, collaborate on developing therapeutics for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Congratulations!


Success story  I  July 3, 2019

▸ HupY in Streptococcus colonization and heme utilization on mucosal surfaces
Featuring CBC Awardees—Laura Cook and Michael Federle, UIC


Success story  I  June 26, 2019

▸ Screening for drugs against MERS
Featuring CBC Awardees—Hyun Lee and Michael Johnson, UIC


▸ More news

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: 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: 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: July 18, 2019
Save the date: September 10, 2019
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and SmartHealth Activator
▸ Supporting and Accelerating Innovation in Illinois
Featuring Kristi Dula, Deputy Director, Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology – DCEO, State of Illinois


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