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.

November 16, 2017
CBC Newsletter, Vol. 23
Announcing NEW Programs and Ongoing Funding Opportunities

CBC is proud to announce new programs in support of its Phase 2 mission.

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November 6, 2017
Nancy Tyrrell joins CBC as Associate Director for Translational Activities (ADTA)

We are pleased to welcome Nancy Tyrrell, a long-time friend of the CBC and a fixture in the Chicago life science community, as the new Associate Director for Translational Activities (ADTA) and the newest addition to the CBC team.

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December 11, 2017
Understanding skin in health and disease at the center of interest of many CBC awardees at NU

The December 2017 issue of Northwestern Medicine Magazine features an article devoted to skin research conducted at NU. Remarkably, several NU scientists that are highlighted in the story have received CBC support in the past: Kathleen Green, Amy Paller and her postdoc, Duncan Dam, Jaehyuk Choi, Chad Mirkin and Bethany Perez White are included in this august group (for details see the notes below the article). Their research spans areas from studying properties of healthy skin to mechanisms underlying the development of severe skin maladies such as melanoma to developing skin permeable therapeutics using nanotechnology. As Jaehyuk Choi, a CBC Catalyst Award (2017) recipient states in the article, “We pride ourselves as a department that has a robust bedside-to-bench-to-bedside pipeline.” CBC congratulates each and every scientist mentioned in the article for their dedication and contributions to basic and translational science.

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December 11, 2017
Spotlight on Samuel Stupp, NU scientist and CBC awardee, whose pioneering work on bone regeneration using nanotechnology may soon enter clinical trials

Non-immunogenic, self-assembling and biodegradable nanomaterials carry a high promise to revolutionize regenerative medicine as vehicles to deliver therapeutic molecules to a site of injury. Molecules such as growth factors, delivered in this fashion can be locally concentrated and guarded against degradation by the surrounding nanomaterials lattice, and can both stimulate and control a natural process of self-healing or regeneration. The NU group led by Sam Stupp is currently seeking FDA approval to enter clinical trials using nanomaterials to assist in spinal (vertebrate) regeneration in humans. In 2015, Stupp and his postdoc, Christopher Synatschke, received a CBC Postdoctoral Research Award for a different application of nanoparticles: “Intrathecally Injected Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery to the Brain.” Congratulations!

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December 11, 2017
NU scientists with close ties to CBC granted the 2018 Cornew Innovation Awards to develop new translational projects

Congratulations to two teams from the NU Chemistry of Life Processes Institute (CLP) for being honored with the 2018 Cornew Innovation Awards by the Institute’s Executive Advisory Board. A team investigating the ability of zinc to prevent glaucoma has a number of connections to the CBC: Hao F. Zhang received a CBC Catalyst Award (2015), Thomas O’Halloran a CBC Spark (2009) and Vadim Backman a CBC Lever (2015). In addition, Tom served on two CBC scientific boards and participated in CBC events as an invited speaker.

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October 18, 2017   (Updated: December 8, 2017)
The CBC is proud to announce that over 1900 publications have been attributed to CBC funding! The countdown to reach 2000 is on! The winning publication will be featured on the CBC homepage and the CBC awardee(s) will receive a surprise gift to commemorate the occasion! The current number to reach 2000 is:

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Featured Events

April 25-26, 2018
UChicago Computation Institute
GlobusWorld 2018: Connecting your Research Universe

May 10, 2018
NU Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center
24th Annual Alzheimer Day

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Biotech & Entrepreneurship
POSTED: October 20, 2017
NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement
Regional Technology Transfer Accelerator Hubs for IDeA States (STTR)
Deadline: January 5, 2018

December 12, 2017
SmartHealth Activator & Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
▸ BioPathways: Challenges Developing a University Startup
Featuring Marcus Schabacker, Chief Operating Officer, Prenosis, and former Chief Scientific Officer, Baxter International.

January 30-31, 2018
SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop

PROPEL is hosting this 2-day Intensive Workshop, provided by BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc), that will cover all aspects of writing SBIR/STTR grants focused on life science technologies including: eligibility, sources of funding and agency differences, understanding what reviewers look for, step-by-step instruction on how to write each section of your proposal.
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