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: 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


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


▸ 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: UIC Campus

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

“In the News”  I  August 22, 2019

▸ Standing for diversity in science
Featuring CBC Executive Director—Jim Audia

CBC Executive Director Jim Audia among ‘150 prominent biomedical scientists and pharmaceutical industry leaders’ to sign an open letter in support of inclusivity and diversity within the biomedical research community.


News  I  August 21, 2019

▸ CBC Team Welcomes Sheryl Sloan!
Featuring CBC New Team Member—Sheryl Sloan

Sheryl Sloan, MBA, joins the CBC as Executive Assistant to Jim Audia, CBC Executive Director. We are very pleased she has joined our team. Welcome on board!


Director’s Corner  I  August 21, 2019

▸ Can we keep them in Chicago?
Featuring CBC Affiliates—Tom Gajewski and Ben Glick, UChicago, and Rick Silverman, NU

Two recent articles in Crain’s Chicago Business feature three CBC-linked entrepreneurial researchers who chose to take their CBC-university spin-offs to the Coasts, but also hope to retain links with Chicago. Congratulations!


Success story  I  August 13, 2019

▸ 3D structure of hepatitis A virus IRES: a three-way junction
Featuring CBC Awardee—Joe Piccirilli, UChicago


Success story  I  August 13, 2019

▸ Mechanosensitive ion channels & nuclear blebbing
Featuring CBC Awardees—Andrew Stephens and John Marko, NU


▸ More news

Posted: Aug. 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: 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: 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: August 5, 2019
Save the date: September 13, 2019
UIC Postdoctoral Association
▸ 3rd Annual Career Development Symposium
Featuring Adam Ruben, PhD, writer, comedian, storyteller, science communicator, and molecular biologist


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


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


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


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