Homepage Archives 2019

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April 18, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
Extraterrestrial living?
Featuring CBC Affiliate—Stefan Green, UIC
CBC affiliate, Stefan Green, UIC, contributes to the Northwestern University led study of the twins living on Earth and in space, recently published in Science. Congratulations!
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April 17, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
Diverse angles of cancer treatment
Featuring three CBC Affiliates—Thomas Gajewski, Melody Swartz and Jeffrey Hubbell, UChicago
Three UChicago scientists with links to CBC, Thomas Gajewski, Melody Swartz and Jeffrey Hubbell discuss different types of cancer treatments and stress the importance of translational research. Congratulations!
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April 17, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
Boosting immunotherapy through increased antigen presentation
Featuring CBC Awardee—Chuan He, UChicago
CBC multiple awardee Chuan He, UChicago, explains [in a Nature paper] how inhibition of a certain protease pathway in dendritic cells significantly increases antigen presentation causing a much higher immunotherapy efficacy in the melanoma mouse model. Congratulations!
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April 17, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
UIC’s TTC-352 and G1T48
Featuring two CBC Awardees—Debra Tonetti and Greg Thatcher, UIC
Two agents developed by CBC affiliates Debra Tonetti and Greg Thatcher, UIC, tested in clinical trials as potential anti-breast cancer therapeutics. Congratulations!
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April 14, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
If you ‘jerk,’ you’ll die…
Featuring four CBC Awardees—Andrew Stephens, John Marko, Guillermo Ameer and Vadim Backman, NU
Four past CBC Awardees from Northwestern contribute to this fascinating Nature Communications publication: Andrew Stephens, John Marko, Guillermo Ameer and Vadim Backman. Congratulations!
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April 12, 2019
NEWS
A CBC-sponsored course, “Preclinical Safety Assessment and Mitigation Strategies in Drug Discovery” with Dr. Bryan Norman, received with enthusiasm
The CBC hosted a day-and-a-half workshop with Dr. Bryan Norman, Norman Drug Discovery Training and Consulting, at MATTER on April 9-10.
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April 12, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
Meet Aurora, the exascale computer
Featuring two CBC Awardees—Narayanan “Bobby” Kasthuri and Rick Stevens, UChicago
Two CBC affiliates, Narayanan “Bobby” Kasthuri and Rick Stevens, UChicago, discuss potential research benefits of using Aurora in brain mapping and cancer treatment.
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April 11, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
Is it time to eat?
Featuring CBC Awardee—Joseph Bass, NU
CBC Spark Awardee, Joseph Bass, NU, identifies a subset of neurons in the hypothalamus, that coordinate circadian rhythm-dependent sense of hunger. Congratulations!
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Posted: April 11, 2019
Save the date: April 28-30, 2019
Community, Biotech & Entrepreneurship
Center for Advancing Molecular Imaging at Northwestern University
▸ 5th Annual Preclinical Imaging Consortium (PIC) Conference
Note: CBC’s own Karen Snapp will present on April 30: “Tech Transfer & Chicago Biomedical Consortium”


April 8, 2019
NEWS
CBC Accelerator Network (CBCAN) meeting: Accelerator Award proposals Round Three, Part One
Part I of the third round of the CBC Accelerator Award Letter of Intent Presentations took place at the CBCAN, March 26, 2019.
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April 5, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
Keep in line, epithelium!
Featuring CBC Awardee—Sally Horne-Badovinic, UChicago
Deciphering the mechanisms of epithelial migration – CBC Community member Sally Horne-Badovinic, UChicago, publishes in Current Biology. Congratulations!
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April 5, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
Drug repurposing to treat cancer, Part II
Featuring CBC Awardee—Marsha Rosner, UChicago
Past CBC Awardee, Marsha Rosner, UChicago, interviewed by Healthline to comment on her recent discovery published in Nature. Congratulations!
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April 4, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
To the power of drug repurposing
Featuring CBC Awardee—Marsha Rosner, UChicago
Past CBC Awardee, Marsha Rosner, UChicago, identifies a novel pathway that can be disrupted with known drugs suppressing breast cancer development in animal models. Congratulations!
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Posted: April 3, 2019
Community, Biotech & Entrepreneurship
Save the date: May 2, 2019
NU Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
▸ Enhancing Quality in the Translational Research Workforce Conference (EQuaTR)


April 2, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
Divertin may stop the…unstoppable
Featuring two CBC Awardees—Jerrold Turner, Harvard; at UChicago at the time of the award, and Lawrence Miller, UIC
Two CBC Catalyst Awardees, Jerrold Turner and Lawrence Miller describe Divertin — a novel molecule that effectively stops diarrhea and other symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in animal models. Congratulations!
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Posted: Apr. 1, 2019
Community, Biotech & Entrepreneurship
Save the date: April 9, 2019
Rosalind Franklin University & SmartHealth Activator
▸ Scaling a New Specialty Pharma Company
Featuring Sean Brynjelsen, CEO, Eton Pharmaceuticals


March 21, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
Get to know CADMIM
Featuring CBC Awardee—David Eddington, UIC
The UIC’s Center for Advanced Design and Manufacturing of Integrated Microfluidics (CADMIM) has received a 5-year NSF grant; CBC past awardee David Eddington, UIC, among key center researchers. Congratulations!
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March 21, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
Don’t forget to brush your teeth!
Featuring two CBC Affiliates—Stefan Green and Peter Toth, UIC
Two CBC affiliates, Stefan Green and Peter Toth, UIC, contribute to a study on a potential causative link between periodontitis and Alzheimer’s. Congratulations!
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March 21, 2019 (orig. posted Dec. 12, 2018)
ANNOUNCEMENT
UPDATE:
17th Annual CBC Symposium (2019)
▸ The impact of machine learning and AI on biomedicine
Date: Friday, October 11, 2019
Location: UChicago Campus
Organizers: Bob Grossman (UChicago), Alex Leow (UIC) and Yuan Luo (NU)
More information coming up soon!


March 21, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
Unknown proteome discovered
Featuring CBC Awardee—Alexander Mankin, UIC
CBC Community member and past awardee, Alexander Mankin, UIC, uncovers cryptic translation sites in bacteria and demonstrates how a single gene can give rise to several distinct proteins. Congratulations!
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March 20, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
AAAS 2018 Fellows, UIC
Featuring CBC Awardee—Wonhwa Cho, UIC
CBC Awardee and Board member, Wonhwa Cho, UIC, named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Congratulations!
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March 20, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
‘Probability landscape’ of the latent HIV virus re-activation
Featuring CBC Awardee—Jie Liang, UIC
New insights into eradicating dormant HIV — Past CBC Awardee Jie Liang, UIC, models cellular conditions that could awaken the virus. Congratulations!
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March 20, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
Tiny biosensors for the tiniest
Featuring CBC Awardee—Amy Paller, NU
A CBC community member, Amy Paller, NU, developing wireless sensors to monitor babies in hospitals’ neonatal intensive care units (NICU). Congratulations!
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Posted: March 6, 2019
Community, Biotech & Entrepreneurship
Save the date: April 17, 2019
WIB-Chicago
▸ Optimizing Your Drug Pipeline – Development through Commercialization
Featuring Sharon Ayd, Ph.D., MBA, CEO, Ayd BioPharma Consulting Group


Posted: March 6, 2019
Community, Biotech & Entrepreneurship
Save the date: March 25, 2019
WIB-Chicago
▸ Overcoming Gender Bias in the Workplace
Featuring Andie Kramer, author of “Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work”


Posted: March 5, 2019
Announcement
CBC Accelerator Network (CBCAN): CBC Accelerator Award LOI Presentations
The following two CBCAN meetings will be dedicated to the presentations of the CBC Accelerator Award Letters of Intent (LOIs), Round 3. Both meetings will take place in Chicago downtown from 4:00 – 7:00 PM.
(Presentations: 4:00 – 6:00 PM; Networking Reception: 6:00 – 7:00 PM).

  • CBC Accelerator Award Program, Rd. 3: LOI Presentations (PART I)
    Thursday, March 28, 2019
    @NMH: Feinberg Pavilion
  • CBC Accelerator Award Program, Rd. 3: LOI Presentations (PART II)
    Tuesday, April 16, 2019
    @NMH: Prentice Women’s Hospital

You can register for either or for both CBCAN meetings. Due to the confidential nature of the presentations, CBC requires all CBCAN participants to sign a Confidentiality Agreement that is included on the registration form.

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Posted: March 4, 2019
Community, Biotech & Entrepreneurship
Save the date: April 16, 2019
UChicago Microbiome Center
▸ 2019 Microbiome Center Research Symposium


March 1, 2019, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
From bench to market
Featuring three CBC affiliates—Julian Solway and Eugene Chang, UChicago, and Matt Martin, Polsky Center
CBC community members from UChicago contribute to the commercialization pipeline at many different entry points. CBC poised to help.
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February 27, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENT (an update)
TGS & CBC Course
Commercialization in Context: Life Sciences

The Graduate School (TGS) of Northwestern in conjunction with CBC is offering a new course which will take place April 3 – June 5 on Wednesday evenings, 5 – 8PM in Wieboldt Hall on the NU Chicago campus (room TBD). The course will focus on the commercialization of life science research with an emphasis on intellectual property. Kellogg faculty will organize and teach the course in collaboration with representatives from the CBC and TGS. Students from all 3 CBC universities can attend; NU graduate students can register for credit and UChicago and UIC graduate students are invited to attend/audit the course.
Registration for “Commercialization in Context: Life Science” (TGS518) Spring Quarter 2019 is open from Feb 26th until March 20, 2019.
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▸ Register here


February 22, 2019
Community, Biotech & Entrepreneurship
Save the date: April 15, 2019
UIC College of Dentistry and Institute of Biomaterials, Tribocorrosion, and Nanomedicine (IBTN)
▸ 8th Annual IBTN Symposium: Advances in Diagnostics and Sensor Technology in Healthcare


February 21, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENT (an update)
TGS & CBC Course
Commercialization in Context: Life Sciences

The Graduate School (TGS) of Northwestern in conjunction with CBC is offering a new course which will take place April 3 – June 5 on Wednesday evenings, 5 – 8PM in Wieboldt Hall on the NU Chicago campus (room TBD). The course will focus on the commercialization of life science research with an emphasis on intellectual property. Kellogg faculty will organize and teach the course in collaboration with representatives from the CBC and TGS. Students from all 3 CBC universities can attend; NU graduate students can register for credit and UChicago and UIC graduate students are invited to attend/audit the course.
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February 21, 2019
NEWS
TGS518 Commercialization in Context: Life Sciences Information Session a Great Success!
An Information Session on an upcoming course, TGS518 Commercialization in Context: Life Sciences, was held yesterday, February 20th at NU Chicago campus.
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February 21, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
Prosthetic limbs getting smarter (Part IV)
Featuring CBC Awardee—Sliman Bensmaia, UChicago
More recognition of the pioneering work of the CBC Catalyst Awardee, Sliman Bensmaia, UChicago – The New York Times reports. Congratulations!
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February 20, 2019
Community, Biotech & Entrepreneurship
Save the date: March 12, 2019
Rosalind Franklin University and SmartHealth Activator
▸ Challenges Commercializing University Research & Technology
Featuring Alicia Löffler, Associate Provost for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, NU


February 20, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
Prosthetic limbs getting smarter (Part III)
Featuring two CBC Awardees—Sliman Bensmaia and Nicho Hatsopoulos, UChicago
Complexity of feeling texture — CBC Catalyst Awardee, Sliman Bensmaia, UChicago, has begun to decipher. Congratulations!
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February 19, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
Prosthetic limbs getting smarter (Part II)
Featuring CBC Awardee—Sliman Bensmaia, UChicago
CBC Catalyst Awardee, Sliman Bensmaia, UChicago, explains the promise and challenges of bionic limbs. Congratulations!
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February 19, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
Prosthetic limbs getting smarter (Part I)
Featuring two CBC Awardees—Sliman Bensmaia and Nicho Hatsopoulos, UChicago
Two CBC Affiliates, Sliman Bensmaia and Nicho Hatsopoulos, UChicago, to lead an NIH-supported project developing mind-controlled limb prosthetics. Congratulations!
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February 19, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
CT45, or cancer/testis antigen 45
Featuring CBC Awardee—Ernst Lengyel, UChicago
Past CBC Awardee, Ernst Lengyel, UChicago, contributes to the discovery of a biomarker that can help predict response to therapy in patient suffering from ovarian cancer. Congratulations!
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February 18, 2019
NEWS
▸ CBC Welcomes Molly Reese!
Featuring CBC new hire—Molly Reese, CBC
The CBC is pleased to welcome Molly Reese to our ‘family’ as Executive Assistant. Molly will be based within the CBC suite of offices at the NU Evanston campus and will provide high level support for CBC Executive Director, Jim Audia.
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February 15, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
Reading your gut’s… RNA
Featuring two CBC Awardees—Tao Pan and Eugene Chang, UChicago
New RNA sequencing technique, developed with the help of CBC affiliate Tao Pan, UChicago, allows evaluation of subtle changes in the gut microbiome in response to environmental changes. Congratulations!
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February 15, 2019
Community, Biotech & Entrepreneurship
Save the date: February 22, 2019
Organizer: UIC College of Pharmacy
18th Annual Webster-Sibilsky Lectureship
▸ From JANUVIA to MARIZEV (Omarigliptin), a Once Weekly DPP-4 Inhibitor for the Treatment of Diabetes
Featuring Ann Weber, PhD, SVP-Kallyope


February 14, 2019
Community, Biotech & Entrepreneurship
Save the date: February 19, 2019
Organizar: Halo
▸ 2019 Halo Awards – Volunteer Info Session


February 14, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENT
NEW FUNDING PROGRAM — RFA: Entrepreneurial Fellows
CBC invites applications to the new CBC-Northwestern University Entrepreneurial Fellows (EF) Award program

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 the rolling basis until May 1, 2019 or until the positions are filled.

▸ Entrepreneurial Fellows RFA


February 14, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
Kidneys in a test tube?
Featuring two CBC Awardees—Jason Wertheim, NU and Jeffrey Hubbell, UChicago
CBC Catalyst Award AND their recipients — Jason Wertheim, NU and Jeffrey Hubbell, UChicago — featured in Crain’s Chicago Business for a pioneering work on growing new kidneys. Congratulations!
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February 13, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
Microbiome versus Alzheimer’s
Featuring CBC Awardee—Sam Sisodia, UChicago
Past CBC awardee and board member, Sam Sisodia, UChicago, receives a multimillion grant to study the interplay between the gut microbiome and Alzheimer’s Disease. Congratulations!
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February 13, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
Dan in a spotlight!
Featuring CBC Junior Investigator—Daniel Dombeck, NU
NIH highlights work by CBC Junior Investigator, Daniel Dombeck, NU. Congratulations!
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February 12, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
Boosting malaria vaccine
Featuring two Affiliates—Jeffrey Hubbell and Melody Swartz, UChicago
Two CBC affiliates, Jeffrey Hubbell and Melody Swartz, UChicago, develop a novel system to deliver a malaria vaccine that is more effective than those currently available. Congratulations!
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February 12, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
Can we predict Alzheimer’s?
Featuring CBC Scientific Director—Rick Morimoto, NU
CBC Scientific Director, Rick Morimoto, NU, aims to better understand and catch the disease before it develops clinically. Congratulations!
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February 11, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENT
TGS & CBC Course
Commercialization in Context: Life Sciences

The Graduate School (TGS) of Northwestern in conjunction with CBC is offering a new course which will take place April 3 – June 5 on Wednesday evenings, 5 – 8PM in Weiboldt Hall on the NU Chicago campus (room TBD). The course will focus on the commercialization of life science research with an emphasis on intellectual property. Kellogg faculty will organize and teach the course in collaboration with representatives from the CBC and TGS. Students from all 3 CBC universities can attend; NU graduate students can register for credit and UChicago and UIC graduate students are invited to attend/audit the course.
An information session describing the course will be held on Wednesday, February 20th in Weiboldt Hall (340 East Superior Street), Room 150 from 12 noon – 1PM.

▸ View the flyer!


February 8, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
More accolades for CBC community members
Featuring two CBC Affiliates—Jeffrey Hubbell, UChicago and Teresa Woodruff, NU
Two CBC affiliates, Jeffrey Hubbell, UChicago and Teresa Woodruff, NU, elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Congratulations!
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February 6, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
UChicago named professorships
Featuring CBC Affiliates—Robert Grossman, Russell Reid and Margaret Gardel, UChicago
Three UChicago faculty with links to CBC receive named, distinguished service professorships: Robert Grossman, Russell Reid and Margaret Gardel. Congrats!
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February 5, 2019
Community, Biotech & Entrepreneurship
Save the date: February 28, 2019
Organizer: WIB-Chicago
▸ Leading with Equity: The Road To Improved Health Outcomes


February 5, 2019
Community, Biotech & Entrepreneurship
Save the date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
UIC Breast Cancer Group
▸ Annual Breast Cancer Research Symposium


February 5, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
Macrophages – a dance of life with death
Featuring CBC Awardee—Edward Thorp, NU, and another four CBC Affiliates
Five (!) CBC community members collaborate on how to speed up heart recovery after an infarct. Congratulations!
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February 4, 2019
Community, Biotech & Entrepreneurship
Save the date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Rosalind Franklin University and SmartHealth Activator
▸ Biopathways: Angel Investing in Chicago
Featuring Suzanne Reade, President, Chicago ArchAngels


January 25, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
Cooling to the rescue
Featuring CBC Awardee—Terry Vanden Hoek, UIC
CBC Awardee, Dr. Terry Vanden Hoek, UIC, named a 2018 Physician AND an Inventor of the Year! Congratulations!
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January 25, 2019
SUCCESS STORIES
Lysosomes under surveillance
Featuring CBC Awardee—Yamuna Krishnan, UChicago
TWO high-impact publications from the Krishnan lab at UChicago, in Nature Nanotechnology and in Nature Methods, attributed to a recent CBC Catalyst Award! Congratulations!
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January 24, 2019
NEWS
Women in Bio, CBC and AbbVie Ventures at BioPathways Event
The event, titled “2019 JP Morgan Outlook: Challenges for Women in Biotech,” featured Margarita Chavez, Managing Director, AbbVie Ventures and was moderated by Nancy Tyrrell, President, Women in Bio and ADTA, CBC.
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January 18, 2019
Community, Biotech & Entrepreneurship
Rosalind Franklin University and Smart Health Activator
Save the date: July 14-18, 2019, LA
▸ Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® (AAIC)
Deadline for abstracts: Jan. 28, 2019


January 18, 2019
Opportunities
2019 Award Competition: Development of Point-Of-Care Testing for HIV and Co-Morbidities for Use in Low and Middle Income Countries
The NIBIB-funded Center for Innovation in Point-of-Care Technologies for HIV/AIDS at Northwestern University (C-THAN) seeks collaborative research projects to develop novel point-of-care technologies (POCT) aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment monitoring of HIV/AIDS and co-morbidities in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). If successful, projects should be viable candidates for commercial development. Awards will be up to $100,000.
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January 10, 2019
Community, Biotech & Entrepreneurship
Save the date: January 15, 2019
Rosalind Franklin University and SmartHealth Activator
▸ Biopathways: 2019 JP Morgan Outlook: Challenges for Women in Biotech
Featuring Margarita Chavez, Managing Director, AbbVie Ventures and moderated by Nancy Tyrrell, President, Women in Bio, Chicago Chapter, and Associate Director, Translational Activities, Chicago Biomedical Consortium


December 21, 2018
NEWSLETTER
CBC-on’s Greetings!
2018 has been a great year for the CBC and we have much to be thankful for. Here are some highlights we are happy to share with you!
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