Entrepreneurial Fellows

Updated: August 7, 2019

Applications are now being accepted for the CBC Entrepreneurial Fellows program at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The program will be introduced at UChicago later in 2019 or early 2020. Applications for the initial class of Entrepreneurial Fellows will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

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 program exposes Fellows to a breadth of real-world experiences with the full span of their home institution and across the CBC community. Fellows will receive guidance from a wide range of mentors, including university faculty, staff and tech transfer, industry experts and other representatives of the biomedical community.


Program Summary:


The CBC-Northwestern University Entrepreneurial Fellow will be a recent PhD or MD/PhD recipient or will have recently completed an initial post doc in the biomedical sciences with a strong interest and passion for driving innovative and transformational biomedical research from the university toward clinical and ultimately commercial applications.

Working closely with the CBC Executive Director, Scientific Directors and staff, partners in Northwestern’s Innovation and New Venture Office (INVO) and Northwestern faculty from both the Evanston and Chicago campuses, the Fellow will have an active and central role in the development, refinement and implementation of CBC-funded awards focused on translational research, including Accelerator Award and Catalyst Award projects.

Additionally, the Fellow will support Lakeside Discovery (LD), a collaboration between Northwestern and Deerfield Management, to accelerate translation of university-based biomedical discoveries that have therapeutic and commercial potential. In close partnership with the Lakeside Discovery Alliance Director, the Fellow will assist in the development and refinement of pre-proposals from Northwestern faculty. For pre-proposals advancing within the portfolio, the Fellow will assist in the collection and assessment of data supporting the unmet medical need and commercial opportunity to assist with proposal evaluation. The fellow will work closely with the initiating laboratory, under the guidance of the Alliance Director, to develop a robust work plan which advances the biology toward pre-clinical (and ultimately clinical) proof-of-concept while assessing and subsequently addressing drug discovery/development risk. Fellows will be important members of Northwestern project teams for proposals throughout the evaluation process and will continue to support project teams for funded proposals within the Lakeside Discovery portfolio. During this process, the Fellow will be exposed to all aspects of drug discovery and early development, including development of robust project plans, timelines, budgets, competitive landscapes and clinical strategies.

The Fellow will also play an important role within the CBC and greater Chicago biomedical community, participating actively in CBC-sponsored events such as CBCAN (CBC Accelerator Network), CBC scientific symposia and workshops. A successful Fellow will actively engage partners at UChicago and UIC to share learnings and explore opportunities for synergistic collaborations in areas of common scientific interest. Opportunities for parallel experience-based learning will be provided to each individual Fellow through partners across the greater Chicago community including iBIO and MATTER, and with local biotech and pharma partners. Similarly, a breadth of mentorship opportunities will also be available through each of these partnerships as well as directly from CBC leadership and staff.


Specific Responsibilities:


  • Work closely with the CBC Executive Director, Scientific Directors and staff, partners in Northwestern’s Innovation and New Venture Office (INVO) and Northwestern faculty from both the Evanston and Chicago campuses, help to develop, refine and implement CBC-funded awards focused on translational research, including Accelerator Award and Catalyst Award projects.
  • Generate, and update as needed, the guidelines that will align proposals and applications with the success criteria and contractual obligations of LD. Work with university investigators in preparing project proposals and applications to align with the success guidelines and collaboration contract.
  • Assist the LD Alliance Director with the facilitation of all project selection and review meetings.
  • Join LD Project teams as a Project Coordinator and facilitate weekly project team meetings by setting agendas, writing meeting minutes and maintaining action lists.
  • Work with the LD Alliance Director and university PI to generate and maintain the project work plan and budget. Work with the LD Alliance Director to generate project Gantt chart that will track activity status, project budget and resource allocation. Maintain the Gantt chart throughout the duration of the project including updates of the critical path. Generate project risk mitigation plan, including competitive landscape analysis, external factor assessments and clinical strategies.
  • Coordinate intellectual property review of projects proposals with INVO and Office of Sponsored Research during LD project proposal cycles to generate reports on patent status and potential encumbrances.
  • Work with Northwestern project team members to implement, and ensure compliance with, shared Electronic Laboratory Notebooks for collecting, managing and archiving project data. Work with project team members to ensure the project plan incorporates all necessary regulatory requirements for documentation for drug safety, toxicology and manufacturing of clinical candidates.
  • Assist in generating quarterly reports for governance project reviews, including gather and inputting updates from key stakeholders.
  • Cultivate a drug discovery culture at Northwestern and beyond by participating actively in CBC-sponsored events, symposia and workshops, and engage with peer CBC EFs at UIC and UChicago to share learning and to promote a culture that fosters innovative drug discovery across the CBC universities.

Qualifications:


  • Recent PhD or MD/PhD recipient or recently completed an initial post doc in the biomedical sciences (biology, molecular biology, biophysics, chemistry, chemical biology or related fields) with a strong interest and passion for driving innovative and transformational biomedical research from the university lab toward clinical and ultimately commercial applications.
  • A broad interest in translational research, with a primary focus on development of therapeutics or associated diagnostics and biomarkers.
  • Prior exposure to contemporary drug discovery/development is desirable, but a profound interest in furthering this exposure is essential.
  • Strong verbal and written communication, along with outstanding analytical skills are critical.
  • Detail oriented with strong organization and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and on a self-directed basis, but also become a high-functioning member of a team.

Description of appointment:


  • Highly competitive salary with fringe benefits.
  • Funds are available for travel associated with program responsibilities and professional development.
  • Office located in INVO and shared with other CBC NU EFs.
  • Appointments are for 12 months but are renewable for an additional 12 months by mutual agreement.

Application and materials required for submission:


  • Cover Letter which should include your graduation date or anticipated graduation date as well as availability to begin Fellowship.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Summary of previous research accomplishments (2-page limit).
  • Statement of interest describing what you wish to obtain from the CBC EF program and how it relates to your career goals (500 words or less).
  • Names, titles and contact information of three references to provide letters of recommendation.

All materials listed above must be assembled into a single PDF document in the order listed. Name the PDF file with the CBC award program name acronym (EF), followed by your last and first name (e.g. EF_Smith_John.pdf). Formatting of all documents should be in 11-point font, single spaced, 0.5-inch margins, and standard letter size (8.5” x 11”). Embedded figures are acceptable.


Application Submission:


Completed applications must be submitted online using the link below:

▸ CBC Entrepreneurial Fellows Application Submission Form


Questions about the webform should be directed to jolaglotzer@uchicago.edu

Questions about the CBC EF program or application process, should be directed to Karen Snapp at ksnapp@northwestern.edu or Jim Audia at jeaudia1@northwestern.edu.


See more:
▸ Funded Entrepreneurial Fellows


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