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


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Announcement  I  Posted: March 5, 2018

CBC Accelerator Network (CBCAN)
▸ CBC Accelerator Award LOI Presentations

The following two CBCAN meetings will be dedicated to the presentations of the CBC Accelerator Award Letters of Intent (LOIs), Round 3. Both meetings will take place in Chicago downtown from 4:00 – 7:00 PM.
(Presentations: 4:00 – 6:00 PM; Networking Reception: 6:00 – 7:00 PM).

  • CBC Accelerator Award Program, Rd. 3: LOI Presentations (PART I)
    Thursday, March 28, 2019
    @NMH: Feinberg Pavilion
  • CBC Accelerator Award Program, Rd. 3: LOI Presentations (PART II)
    Tuesday, April 16, 2019
    @NMH: Prentice Women’s Hospital

You can register for either or for both CBCAN meetings. Due to the confidential nature of the presentations, CBC requires all CBCAN participants to sign a Confidentiality Agreement that is included on the registration form.

▸ Register here


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)

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


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!

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Success Story  I  March 21, 2019

▸ Get to know CADMIM
Featuring CBC Awardee—David Eddington, UIC

The UIC’s Center for Advanced Design and Manufacturing of Integrated Microfluidics (CADMIM) has received a 5-year NSF grant; CBC past awardee David Eddington, UIC, among key center researchers. Congratulations!


Success Story  I  March 21, 2019

▸ Don’t forget to brush your teeth!
Featuring two CBC Affiliates—Stefan Green and Peter Toth, UIC

Two CBC affiliates, Stefan Green and Peter Toth, UIC, contribute to a study on a potential causative link between periodontitis and Alzheimer’s. Congratulations!


Success Story  I  March 21, 2019

▸ Unknown proteome discovered
Featuring CBC Awardee—Alexander Mankin, UIC

CBC Community member and past awardee, Alexander Mankin, UIC, uncovers cryptic translation sites in bacteria and demonstrates how a single gene can give rise to several distinct proteins. Congratulations!


Success Story  I  March 20, 2019

▸ AAAS 2018 Fellows, UIC
Featuring CBC Awardee—Wonhwa Cho


Success Story  I  March 20, 2019

▸ ‘Probability landscape’ of the latent HIV virus re-activation
Featuring CBC Awardee—Jie Liang, UIC


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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: March 6, 2019
Save the date: March 25, 2019
WIB-Chicago
▸ Overcoming Gender Bias in the Workplace
Featuring Andie Kramer, author of “Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work”


Posted: Feb. 22, 2019
Save the date: April 15, 2019
UIC College of Dentistry and Institute of Biomaterials, Tribocorrosion, and Nanomedicine (IBTN)
▸ 8th Annual IBTN Symposium: Advances in Diagnostics and Sensor Technology in Healthcare


Posted: March 4, 2019
Save the date: April 16, 2019
UChicago Microbiome Center
▸ 2019 Microbiome Center Research Symposium


Posted: March 6, 2019
Save the date: April 17, 2019
WIB-Chicago
▸ Optimizing Your Drug Pipeline – Development through Commercialization
Featuring Sharon Ayd, Ph.D., MBA, CEO, Ayd BioPharma Consulting Group


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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