Current News & Archives 2020

The CBC Current News & Archives webpage lists CBC Announcements and News, Press Releases, Success Stories, posts from the Director’s Corner and Chicago Community Biotech & Entrepreneurship News, CBC Newsletters and articles that have been written about the CBC, “In the News,” all of which have been chronologically posted on the CBC homepage throughout the year.


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2020

July 7, 2020
COVID-19 research
Wouldn’t you like to know — within 5 minutes — whether you are / were sick with COVID-19?
A UChicago team of scientists, including recent CBC Awardee Jun Huang, receives a grant to develop a hand-held device capable of simultaneous detection of both, the COVID-19-causing virus — SARS-CoV-2 — and the antibodies against it
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June 23, 2020
SUCCESS STORY
Cite us — we’ll “cite” you back!
Forty-one new publications attributed to twenty-five CBC Awards contribute to a total of 2566 publications that are the result of CBC-sponsored research to date
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June 11, 2020
NEWS
Search open for Executive Director
The CBC has opened a search for a new Executive Director. The position is based on the Northwestern University Evanston Campus. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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June 9, 2020
NEWS
Announcing a New Funding Opportunity: CBC COVID-19 Response Award
Funding Opportunity Purpose: To support team Program Projects that engage investigators from all three CBC institutions to address SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 biomedical research. The projects must be directed to, but not exclusive to, viral detection, antiviral and vaccine approaches, and cellular responses to viral infection.
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June 4, 2020
SUCCESS STORY
Could NAD-supplemented diet attenuate aging?
It appears so, at least in mice, according to Joseph Bass, NU, senior author on a recent Molecular Cell publication which was partially supported by a CBC Spark Award
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May 28, 2020
“IN THE NEWS”
CBCAN gains “virtual” momentum
The UChicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation recognizes four UChicago teams pitching “ZOOM-live” at the Chicago Biomedical Consortium Accelerator Network (CBCAN) as part of a competition for the CBC Accelerator Award
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May 20, 2020
COVID-19 research
A “quick and easy” COVID-19 test
This is a goal of NU scientists, including two past CBC awardees Michael Jewett and Joshua Leonard, who are co-PIs on a new NSF RAPID grant aiming to develop a one-stop infectious diseases testing device
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May 20, 2020
COVID-19 research
Will remdesivir-baricitinib combo synergize in fighting COVID-19?
Kudos to CBC member institution — UIC — for continuing their efforts to find effective COVID-19 therapeutics
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May 8, 2020
COVID-19 research
Could vitamin D help reduce severity of COVID-19 symptoms?
NU scientists led by a past CBC awardee Vadim Backman find a correlation between potential severe vitamin D deficiency and severity of complications and higher mortality rates among COVID-19 patients
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April 27, 2020
COVID-19 research
“Prevent the vent”
The UChicago Medicine doctors’ mantra — “prevent the vent” — appears to be working surprisingly well: Using a non-invasive method to provide oxygen helped 40% of COVID-19 patients avoid mechanical ventilation
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April 17, 2020
COVID-19 research
The world is waiting…
…Is the ‘cliffhanger ending’ in yesterday’s STAT’s article reporting the very first preliminary data from a clinical trial designed to assess the potential of remdesivir to treat severely sick COVID-19 patients and performed at a CBC university hospital, UChicago Medicine
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April 15, 2020
NEWS
New Catalyst Awards Announced, R28 (Fall 2019) Application Round
The CBC is pleased to announce that four teams received Catalyst Awards in the R28 (Fall 2019) application round
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April 14, 2020
COVID-19 research
A gift of blood
A CBC member university — the UChicago Medicine — begins testing antiviral antibodies-containing plasma donated by recovered COVID-19 patients to see if it could help those still critically ill fight off the infection
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April 14, 2020
COVID-19 research
3-D printer to the rescue
Northwestern scientists, led by former CBC Lever Award recipient Chad Mirkin, employ their brand new technology to speedily produce facial shields — a crucial component of personal protective equipment (PPE) that literally shields health care providers working with the COVID-19 patients from the virus
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April 10, 2020
COVID-19 research
The very speech that struck the chord
Looking back, Emily Landon, UChicago, might have been one of the major influencers behind the “flattening of the curve” and helping to save lives in Chicago, Illinois and beyond during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
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April 9, 2020
COVID-19 research
NU and UIC launch COVID-19 drug trials
As part of a new international clinical drug trial, which currently involves 54 medical centers globally, two CBC universities — NU and UIC — begin to enroll COVID-19 patients to evaluate the clinical efficacy of the anti-viral drug remdesivir
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April 8, 2020
COVID-19 research
What if the anti-COVID-19 meds could be produced 10 times faster than on average?
That is a goal of CBC Awardee Michael Jewett, NU, who plans to employ bacterial extracts in order to scale up the new anti-SARS CoV-2 antibody bioengineering in vitro
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March 31, 2020
COVID-19 research
A heartwarming COVID-19 story
Scientists at UChicago, many with ties to the CBC, organized a cross-division multi-lab collaborative collection of personal protective equipment (PPE) to donate to the UChicago Medicine Hospital fighting the COVID-19 pandemic
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March 26, 2020
COVID-19 research
UChicago one of six founders of C3.ai DTI
Six research universities, including a CBC member university, UChicago, strike a new partnership — C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute — which will focus its most imminent efforts on combating the COVID-19 pandemic
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March 26, 2020
COVID-19 research
Of SARS CoV-2 RNA
CBC Awardee Chuan He, UChicago, refocuses his lab’s efforts to decode the role RNA modifications play in COVID-19
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March 20, 2020
COVID-19 research
NU team deciphers new COVID-19 protein complex
Hot off the press: Atomic structure of a novel SARS CoV-2 structural component, a protein complex called nsp10/16, mapped by NU scientists led by a CBC recent awardee, Karla Satchell
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March 20, 2020
SUCCESS STORY
UIC 2019 Researcher and Innovator of the Year Awards Announced
Three UIC researchers with ties to the CBC, Stephanie Cologna, Laura Sanchez and Joanna Burdette, honored with the Researcher of the Year Rising Star in Basic Life Sciences Award
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March 13, 2020
SUCCESS STORY
Trap or release on-demand
Two CBC Awards are acknowledged in a recent Nanoscale publication for helping to build first-class sophisticated research infrastructure in the Greater Chicago region
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March 11, 2020
SUCCESS STORY
On the heels of NOS
Yamuna Krishnan, UChicago, publishes in Nature Chemical Biology the results of her CBC Catalyst Award-supported research on the development of a novel tool enabling live tracking of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) subcellular localization and activity
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March 10, 2020
SUCCESS STORY
Making organs better for transplant
CBC Scholar Alum Greg Tietjen from UChicago, now Assistant Professor at Yale, researches new ways to help patients get the organs they need
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March 3, 2020
COVID-19 research
The first unveiling of the COVID-19 coronavirus partial structure takes place in Chicago
Congratulations are due to a CBC affiliate, Andrzej Joachimiak, UChicago and Argonne National Laboratory and to recent CBC Accelerator Award recipient, Karla Satchell, NU
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March 3, 2020
COVID-19 research
Understanding viruses
A CBC Catalyst Award to Yuan He, NU, helps to decipher a paramyxovirus polymerase 3D structure; a CBC affiliate, Robert Lamb, NU, co-authors the publication
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March 2, 2020
“IN THE NEWS”
Entrepreneurial talent recognized!
CBC Entrepreneurial Fellow Eric Schiffhauer becomes Director of Drug Discovery Collaboration at the NU’s Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO)
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February 18, 2020
DIRECTOR’S CORNER
U of I System, DPI and IIN gifted another $10 million!
University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chairman Edwards and his wife, Anne, give $10 Million to the University of Illinois, half of which will go to U of I System’s Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) and Illinois Innovation Network (IIN), adding momentum to the recently announced Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s $500 Million pledge to support the development of DPI
By Jola Glotzer
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February 14, 2020
“IN THE NEWS”
Looking for where to conduct skin research in Chicago?
Don’t look any further: the NU Skin Biology and Diseases Resource-Based Center provides access to all CBC universities’ members
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February 12, 2020
DIRECTOR’S CORNER
Chicago’s DPI to “emulate” Kendall Square in Boston
Gov. J.B. Pritzker to release $500 million in state capital funds towards the development of the University of Illinois’ Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), a potential game-changer for Chicago tech
By Jola Glotzer
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February 11, 2020
SUCCESS STORY
Migraineurs – hope is on the horizon!
Supported in part through a CBC Director’s Fund Award, Richard Kraig, UChicago, reports in Brain Research his new findings on the development of a promising migraine therapeutic
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February 7, 2020
NEWS
Two Information Sessions at UChicago about the CBC Accelerator and Catalyst Award programs — a recap
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February 6, 2020
NEWS
CBC Information Session at UIC about the CBC Accelerator and Catalyst Award programs — a recap
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February 3, 2020
SUCCESS STORY
Cite us — we’ll “cite” you back!
Three CBC community members among the twenty-two UChicago faculty honored with named professorships or appointed distinguished service professors
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January 13, 2020
NEWS
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!
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January 10, 2020
DIRECTOR’S CORNER
Fulton Labs to strengthen Chicago efforts to become a biotech hub
Great news for the Chicago-area budding entrepreneurs and CBC-universities biotech spinoffs!
By Jola Glotzer
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January 8, 2020
NEWS
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
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