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.

July 16, 2021
PRESS RELEASE:

Dr. Michelle Hoffmann to become Executive Director of the Chicago Biomedical Consortium

The Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) is delighted to welcome Michelle Hoffmann, PhD, as the next Executive Director of the CBC.
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▸ RFA: Entrepreneurial Fellows Award

Updated: April 9, 2021
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 across the CBC institutions in the Chicago biomedical community.

The CBC Entrepreneurial Fellows (EF) Award application submission portal is now OPEN; Applications for the EF program will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

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▸ RFA: Catalyst Award

Updated: July 14, 2021
Catalysts are one-time incentive awards (up to $250,000), focused on basic biological/ biomedical research with transformative potential, made to collaborative teams with principals and other strong representation from at least two of the CBC institutions.

Fall 2021 Catalyst Award Application submission deadline: TBA

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▸ RFA: Accelerator Award

Updated: March 18, 2021
Accelerator Award is a milestone-driven award program (up to $250,000) focused on translational research toward therapeutics or associated biomarkers and diagnostics.

Spring 2021 Accelerator Award Letter of Intent (LOI) submission portal is now CLOSED

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▸ 18th Annual CBC Symposium

Updated: May 25, 2021
SAVE THE DATE for the 18th Annual CBC Symposium!
This year’s symposium, titled “Immunology and Immunoengineering Response to COVID-19”, is co-organized by Scott Budinger (NU), Jeffrey Hubbell (UChicago), Richard Novak (UIC) and Melody Swartz (UChicago).

Date: Friday, November 5, 2021
Time: 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Location: Virtual via ZOOM
Speakers: Scott Budinger (NU), Michael Caffrey (UIC), George Georgiou (Univ. of Texas Austin), Jennifer Layden (CDC; UIC), Sally McFall (NU), Bellur S. Prabhakar (UIC), Aaron Ring (Yale School of Medicine), Karla Fullner Satchell (NU), Melody Swartz (UChicago), and Patrick Wilson (UChicago)


▸ CBC COVID-19 Seminar Series

Updated: August 2, 2021
CBC and the CBC COVID-19 Response Award recipients invite you to attend a series of townhall meetings during which our invited speakers will discuss SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 biomedical research.

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: Virtual via ZOOM

Save the Date! More details coming soon!


PAST TALKS FROM THE COVID-19 SEMINAR SERIES:
July 22, 2021
▸ Vascular Dysregulation in COVID-19
Speaker: Melody Swartz, William B. Ogden Professor of Molecular Engineering and Deputy Dean for Faculty Affairs, UChicago

May 27, 2021
▸ SARS-CoV-2 Viral Genomics and Variation in the Chicago Region
Speaker: Egon A. Ozer, Assistant Professor, Dept of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

April 22, 2021
▸ Drug repurposing for COVID-19 and future pandemics
Speaker: Savas Tay, Associate Professor of Molecular Engineering; Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, UChicago

March 25, 2021
▸ Vaccine Distribution and COVID-19 Spread
Speaker: Emily Landon, Associate Professor of Medicine; Executive Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Control, UChicago

February 25, 2021
▸ Screening for Coronavirus Antibodies in Neighborhoods (SCAN)
Speaker: Elizabeth M. McNally, Director, Center for Genetic Medicine, NU



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News  I  July 16, 2021

▸ Michelle Hoffmann, PhD to become Executive Director of the Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC)

The Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) is delighted to welcome Michelle Hoffmann, PhD, as the next Executive Director of the CBC. Dr. Hoffmann succeeds Dr. Richard Morimoto, who served as CBC’s Interim Executive Director (ED).



News  I  May 4, 2021

▸ CBC Accelerator Awardee Presentations: Progress to Date & Pitch for Year 2 Funding
Featuring Richard Silverman, NU and Karla Satchell, NU

The Chicago Biomedical Consortium Accelerator Network (CBCAN) meeting was held virtually on Thursday, April 29th via ZOOM.



News  I  May 4, 2021

▸ CBC COVID-19 Seminar Series – April Recap
Featuring Savas Tay, UChicago

The Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) and the CBC COVID-19 Response Award recipients are hosting a series of monthly seminars during which our invited speakers will discuss ongoing SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 biomedical research.


News  I  April 6, 2021

▸ CBC COVID-19 Seminar Series – Feb & Mar Recap
Featuring Elizabeth McNally, NU and Emily Landon, UChicago


“In the News”  I  March 24, 2021

▸ Freeze-Dried vaccines that can rehydrate on demand
Featuring Michael Jewett, NU



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Community, Biotech, Entrepreneurship & Opportunities

Posted: June 30, 2021
August 5, 2021
Virtual Event
mHUB
▸ Pitch Competition for Women and Founders of Color for MedTech Startups
Featuring five startup finalists who will pitch live to the mHUB community and an esteemed judging panel for recognition and cash prizes



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Opportunities

Posted: June 30, 2021
August 5, 2021
Call for Applications
Pitch Competition for Women and Founders of Color for MedTech Startups
mHUB, the nation’s leading center for hardtech innovation, is hosting a virtual pitch competition designed to create more visibility for under represented physical product startups by connecting female founders and entrepreneurs of color with investors and industry leaders from across the country. Five startup finalists will pitch live to the mHUB community and an esteemed judging panel for recognition and cash prizes on Thursday, August 5, 2021. Application submissions are due no later than July 22, 2021.
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Posted: April 28, 2021
August 6, 2021
Request for Proposals (RFP)
ReGRoW Year 2 – Funding for Underserved Researchers in Low and Lower-Middle Income Countries (LMICs) in Any Disease
The Cures Within Reach ReGRoW Program is seeking clinical repurposing research projects led by an underserved researcher in an LMIC, (as defined by the World Bank) to address any unsolved disease facing patients in LMICs. At least 3 grants for up to US$50,000 each will be funded through this RFP. Proposals are submitted on the Cures Within Reach CureAccelerator platform. Sign up as a Researcher or Clinician or login to an existing CureAccelerator account. Proposal submissions are due August 6, 2021.
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