June 24, 2019 | Jola Glotzer
CBC at the 2019 BIO International Convention
CBC Executive Director Jim Audia discusses CBC’s unique role and added value to the translational research scene in Chicago during a panel “Derisking Academic Science: The Unmet Need”
The 2019 BIO International Convention took place in Philadelphia, PA, June 3-6. The meeting gathered more than 16,000 attendees from around the globe for unparalleled partnering, education and networking. In addition, the three-state region’s vast array of leading universities and research institutions showcased its collaborative environment. The key benefits of attending the 2019 BIO International Convention are access to global biotech and pharma leaders via BIO One-on-One Partnering, exposure to industry thought-leaders with more than 500 education sessions at your fingertips, not to mention the unique networking opportunities with 16,000+ attendees from 67 countries.
The June 3 Educational Sessions were packed with a variety of meetings including several panels devoted to translational research. The CBC was pleased to contribute and to have Executive Director Jim Audia participate on a panel titled “Derisking Academic Science: The Unmet Need.”
The panel included:
- Panel Moderator Richard Soll, Senior Advisor, Strategic Initiatives at WuXi AppTec
- Jim Audia, Executive Director at Chicago Biomedical Consortium
- Curtis Keith, CSO at Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator, Harvard University
- Nadim Shohdy, Assistant Dean, Therapeutics Alliances at NYU Langone Health
- Dominique Verhelle, Sr. Director, Strategic Academic Alliances, Center for External Innovation at Takeda
After briefly introducing the concept of CBC – a novel, multi-institution collaboration among three top Chicago universities – Jim described translational programs the CBC has implemented in its second phase of operations that started in 2017. Jim also remarked on how CBC complements the work of the three CBC member universities to move bench-initiated translational science into the pipeline aiming at clinical and commercial success. The panel and the audience remarked on the unique value the CBC adds to the Chicago region as 1) being adjunctive to the institutions and 2) helping to ensure the individual and citywide endeavors of the Tech Transfer offices at the three CBC universities.
CBC Executive Director Jim Audia (right) at a translational research panel “Derisking Academic Science: The Unmet Need” during the 2019 BIO International Convention in Philadelphia. June 3, 2019. Photos courtesy of BIO.