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: 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


Announcement  I  Posted: October 28, 2019

RFA: CBC Accelerator Award
▸ Announcing next round of applications

CBC Accelerator Award is a milestone-driven award program (up to $250,000) focused on translational research toward therapeutics or associated biomarkers and diagnostics.

Application dates for round 4 LOIs: February 24 – March 6, 2020

▸ Accelerator RFA


Announcement  I  Posted: September 30, 2019

RFA: Entrepreneurial Fellows
▸ Not accepting new applications at this time

The CBC Entrepreneurial Fellows (EF) Award program identifies and supports the professional development of academic researchers who are keen to develop the skills and experiences needed to move translational projects from a university lab toward commercialization and potentially into a Chicago-based biotech start-up.

The CBC EF program has made commitments for the current positions and is not accepting new applications at this time. Applications submitted prior to October 1, 2019 will remain in the application pool and be considered for future positions.

▸ Entrepreneurial Fellows RFA


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Announcement  I  Posted: November 25, 2019

Upcoming CBCAN meeting
▸ CBC Accelerator Awardees’ Presentations: Progress to Date & Pitch for Year 2 Funding

Date: December 10, 2019
Time: 4:00 – 7:00 PM

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

▸ REGISTER HERE


Announcement  I  Updated: November 1, 2019

17th Annual CBC Symposium
▸ Epigenetics and Disease

SAVE THE DATE: October 30, 2020

Location: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
355 East Erie, Chicago, IL 60611

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

Stellar lineup: Shelley Berger (UPenn), Peggy Goodell (Baylor College of Medicine), Chuan He (UChicago), Cigall Kadoch (Harvard/Dana Farber/Broad Institute), Danny Reinberg (NYU) and Ali Shilatifard (NU).

▸ Symposium 2020 Webpage


Announcement  I  Posted: November 25, 2019

Upcoming CBC Award Programs’ Information Sessions

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 2020 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!


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News  I  November 26, 2019

▸ New Catalyst Awards Announced — 27th (Spring 2019) Application Round

The CBC is pleased to announce that three teams received Catalyst Awards in the 27th (Spring 2019) application round. Congratulations!


Success Story  I  November 19, 2019

▸ Modeling MEK4 Kinase Inhibitors
Featuring CBC Awardees—Raymond Bergan (now at Oregon Health & Science University), Matt Clutter, Karl Scheidt and Gary Schiltz, NU

Four past CBC Awardees working at the CBC Lever Award-supported NU Medicinal and Synthetic Chemistry Core (ChemCore) at the Center for Molecular Innovation and Drug Discovery (CMIDD) contribute. Congratulations!


Success Story  I  November 19, 2019

▸ Problems with metal/organic interfaces…
Featuring CBC Awardee—Laura Sanchez, UIC

Explained and solved by CBC Awardee Laura Sanchez, UIC, in a recent Chemical Communications publication. Congratulations!


Success Story  I  November 14, 2019

▸ A gut bacteria-derived metabolite protects against drug-induced liver injury
Featuring CBC Awardees—Hyunyoung Jeong, UIC and Eugene Chang, UChicago


Success Story  I  November 14, 2019

▸ “Plug and play” Fab-based affinity reagents
Featuring CBC Awardee—Tony Kossiakoff, UChicago


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Posted: December 4, 2019
MedTech Innovator – RFA
MedTech Innovator, the medtech industry’s global competition and accelerator is looking for outstanding early- to mid-stage medical device, diagnostic, and digital health companies who are transforming healthcare. Companies selected for the program will receive $500,000 in non-dilutive cash prizes and a complimentary full-access registration and a presentation slot at two premier conferences: the WSGR Medical Device Conference in San Francisco and The MedTech Conference powered by AdvaMed in Toronto.
▸ Learn more


Posted: December 3, 2019
The Spinoff Prize
The Spinoff Prize has been established by Nature Research in partnership with Merck KGaA to showcase and celebrate global excellence in the commercialisation of research through the creation of spinoff companies.
▸ Learn more


Posted: December 3, 2019
AIMS Awards
Support for researchers at universities, hospitals, and other academic research institutions around the world to discover new drugs.
▸ Learn more


Posted: October 4, 2019
Keystone Symposium — The Brain Therapeutics: Disruptive Technologies and Opportunities
Date: February 16—19, 2020
Location: Eldorado Hotel & Spa, Santa Fe, New Mexico
▸ Learn more


Posted: September 19, 2019
Tau2020 Global Conference
Date: February 12-13, 2020
Location: Marriott Marquis, Washington, D.C.

In partnership with CurePSP and the Alzheimer’s Association, the Rainwater Foundation is a proud organizing sponsor of the Tau2020 Global Conference. The conference is open to anyone with an interest in research about the causes and treatments for tau-related diseases.
▸ 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.
▸ 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: November 19, 2019
Save the date: December 10, 2019
UIC OTM Business Development Workshops
▸ Venture Economics & Valuation


Posted: December 3, 2019
Save the date: December 10, 2019
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and SmartHealth Activator
▸ Exicure: From University Biotech Startup to an IPO
Featuring Dr. David Giljohann, Chief Executive Officer and director of Exicure


Posted: December 5, 2019
Save the date: December 16, 2019
UChicago Committee on Microbiology
▸ 17th Annual Ricketts Symposium on Microbiology


▸ More biotech & entrepreneurship