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  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: April 18, 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 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!


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DIRECTOR’S CORNER  I  NOVEMBER 11, 2019

▸ Farewell, not goodbye

Former Executive Director of the CBC, Jim Audia, reflects on his time spent with the organization.


Success Story  I  November 8, 2019

▸ Structure of chromatin remodeling complex SWI/SNF resolved
Featuring CBC Awardees—Han Yan and Yuan He, NU

Two CBC Awards to Han Yan and Yuan He, NU, have supported research recently published in bioRxiv, which describes the structure of SWI/SNF complex bound to a nucleosome at near atomic resolution. Congratulations!


Success Story  I  November 7, 2019

▸ Tempus xT platform
Featuring CBC Senior Investigator—Kevin White, UChicago & Tempus

CBC Senior Investigator Kevin White, UChicago and Tempus, is senior author on a recent Nature Biotechnology publication which demonstrates the importance of integrated genomic profiling for personalized treatment of cancer patients. Congratulations!


CBC NEWSLETTER  I  October 29, 2019

▸ Fall 2019 CBCeNews


Success Story  I  October 24, 2019

▸ Neural crest development
Featuring CBC Awardee—Vicky Prince, UChicago


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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

Attention students and post-doctoral fellows: the KS scholarship deadline is fast approaching (Oct. 15!). Not only are KS Scholarships prestigious, but they also provide up-and-coming scientists with invaluable networking and career-development opportunities to advance their research, and careers. Awardees will present their work alongside field leaders, and be introduced to scientific and technological frontiers to inspire new, fruitful research directions and collaborations.
▸ 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. Representatives from academia, industry, government, and the philanthropic/advocacy sector are encouraged to attend.
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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. 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: 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.


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Posted: November 7, 2019
Save the date: November 11-13, 2019
NU Oncofertility Consortium
▸ 13th Annual Oncofertility Conference
Pediatric Oncofertility:
At the Intersection of Oncology, Fertility Preservation, and Patient Care


Posted: November 7, 2019
Save the date: November 12, 2019
UIC Entrepreneurial Support Program
▸ How to start your business: Venture Series
Venture Finance


Posted: November 7, 2019
Save the date: November 12, 2019
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and SmartHealth Activator
▸ The Future Biotech in the Midwest
Featuring Bob Carey, former Chief Business Officer at Horizon


Posted: October 17, 2019
Save the date: November 13-14, 2019
NU Center for Reproductive Science
▸ 2019 Illinois Symposium on Reproductive Science


Posted: October 17, 2019
Save the date: November 14, 2019
NU International Institute for Nanotechnology
▸ 2019 International Institute for Nanotechnology Symposium


Posted: November 7, 2019
Save the date: November 19, 2019
UIC Entrepreneurial Support Program
▸ How to start your business: Venture Series
Venture Launch


Posted: November 11, 2019
Save the date: November 20, 2019
Women in Bio (WIB)-Chicago
▸ Ethics in Business and Science


▸ More biotech & entrepreneurship