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: January 6, 2020

RFA: CBC Catalyst Award
▸ CBC invites new applications

Catalysts are one-time incentive awards (up to $250,000), focused on basic biological/ biomedical research with transformative potential, made to collaborative teams with principals and other strong representation from at least two of the CBC institutions.

Please note the application guidelines (RFA) have been revised effective January 6, 2020: the Catalyst Award program aims to support basic scientific discoveries that are cutting-edge, high-risk / high-reward and address fundamental research questions.

Round 29 (Spring 2020) application submission portal is now open; submission deadline: February 21, 2020, @5PM.

▸ Catalyst RFA (rev. Jan. 6, 2020)

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.

Round 4 (Spring 2020) LOIs submission deadline: 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: December 21, 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 offering similar info sessions about both, the Accelerator and the Catalyst Award programs in mid-January 2020, one at UIC and two at UChicago:

I. CBC Accelerator and Catalyst Award Info Session at UIC:
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 I ▸ Import to your calendar
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Molecular Biology Research Building (MBRB) 1152 Conference Room
900 South Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60607
Lunch will be provided

II. CBC Accelerator and Catalyst Award Info Session at UChicago:
Friday, January 17, 2020 I ▸ Import to your calendar
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
The University of Chicago
Knapp Center of Biomedical Discovery (KCBD) Auditorium 1103
900 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Lunch will be provided

III. CBC Accelerator and Catalyst Award Info Session at UChicago:
Friday, January 24, 2020 I ▸ Import to your calendar
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
The University of Chicago
Gordon Center for Integrative Science (GCIS) Meeting Room W301/W303
929 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Lunch will be provided


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

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News  I  January 14, 2020

▸ New Accelerator Awards Announced — 3rd (Spring 2019) Application Round

The CBC is pleased to announce that four teams received Accelerator Awards in the 3rd (Spring 2019) application round. Congratulations!

Director’s Corner  I  January 10, 2020

▸ Fulton Labs to strengthen Chicago efforts to become a biotech hub

Great news for the Chicago-area budding entrepreneurs and CBC-universities biotech spinoffs!

News  I  January 8, 2020

▸ Ka Yee Lee named Provost of University of Chicago

Chicago Biomedical Consortium congratulates and welcomes Professor Ka Yee Lee as incoming Provost of the University of Chicago.

Success Story  I  December 30, 2019

▸ New accolades for the CBC members!
Featuring Lucy Godley, the CBC Scientific Director for UChicago, and two CBC awardees, Sliman Bensmaia and Matt Tirrell, UChicago

Success Story  I  December 18, 2019

▸ Cite us — we’ll “cite” you back!

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Posted: January 9, 2020
14th Annual Drug Discovery for Neurodegeneration Workshop:
A Course on Translating Research into Novel Drug Targets

Organizer: Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF)
Date: April 26-28, 2020
Location: Sonesta Philadelphia Downtown Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
This interactive workshop is designed as an introductory course covering all aspects of drug discovery for neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Frontotemporal Degeneration, and Multiple Sclerosis.
▸ Learn more
▸ 2020 ADDF Young Investigator Travel Scholarships and Awards

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   I   Updated: January 7, 2020
Keystone Symposium — The Brain Therapeutics: Disruptive Technologies and Opportunities
Date: February 16—19, 2020
Location: Eldorado Hotel & Spa, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Speakers include Jim Audia, former CBC Executive Director, who will present: “Drug Discovery in the Academic and Not-For-Profit Community”
▸ 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: January 6, 2020
Save the date: January 15, 2020
Chemistry of Life Processes Institute (CLP) at Northwestern University

Posted: January 7, 2020
Save the date: January 16, 2020
Simpson Querrey Institute (SQI) at Northwestern University
▸ Rising Stars of SQI Lecture

Posted: December 18, 2019
Save the date: January 20, 2020
Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UChicago in partnership with MATTER and the Chicago Biomedical Consortium
▸ Polsky Entrepreneurial Outlook: Medtech 2020

Posted: December 30, 2019
Save the date: January 21, 2020
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and SmartHealth Activator
▸ Biopathways: Accelerating Innovative University Biomedical Research Into The Market
Featuring Peter Steelman, Partner on the Pharmaceuticals group, Deerfield Management

Posted: January 15, 2020
Save the date: January 23, 2020
UIC UICentre & Center for Clinical and Translational Science
▸ The discovery of a selective CDK4/6 inhibitor for the treatment of cancer: the journey from bench to bedside
Featuring Dr. Larry Gelbert, LMG PharmaTech LLC

Posted: January 13, 2020
Save the date: February 4, 2020
NU Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS)
▸ Biomedical Data Science Day

Posted: January 10, 2020
Save the date: February 13, 2020
UIC Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
▸ Chicago NeuroVascular Meeting

Posted: January 10, 2020
Save the date: March 13, 2020
UChicago Neuroscience Institute
▸ Breakthroughs in Marine Biology

Posted: January 10, 2020
Save the date: April 15
UIC Cancer Center
▸ Dr. Gary Kruh Cancer Research Symposium 2020

Posted: January 10, 2020
Save the date: November 6, 2020
UIC College of Pharmacy
▸ 11th Annual College of Pharmacy Research Day

▸ More biotech & entrepreneurship