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.

▸ RFA: Accelerator Award

Updated: March 1, 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 OPEN; LOI submission deadline: March 5, 2021, @5PM.

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▸ RFA: Catalyst Award

Updated: March 1, 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.

Spring 2021 Catalyst Award application submission portal is now CLOSED; application submission deadline was: February 26, 2021, @5PM.

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▸ CBC COVID-19 Seminar Series

Updated: March 1, 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, March 25, 2021
Time: 4:00PM – 5:30PM
Location: Virtual via ZOOM
Speaker: Emily Landon, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Executive Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Control
The University of Chicago

Dr. Landon will discuss and highlight some of her principal work and experiences with COVID-19 during this second COVID-19 townhall meeting.

Registration is required. A link to the webinar will be provided upon registration.

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Thursday, April 22, 2021


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  February 11, 2021

▸ CBC Catalyst and Accelerator Award Information Zoom Webinar – Recap

Over 100 researchers from the 3 CBC universities received up-to-date information regarding the Catalyst and Accelerator Award programs on February 3, 2021.

Success Story  I  December 22, 2020

▸ CBC Senior Investigator to lead CLP
Featuring CBC Senior Investigator Neil Kelleher, NU

Renown proteomics expert and CBC Senior Investigator Neil Kelleher to become Interim Director of Northwestern’s Chemistry of Life Processes Institute (CLP), effective January 1, 2021.


NEWS  I  December 22, 2020

▸ 17th Annual CBC Symposium Recap
Virtual Symposium on “Epigenetics & Disease” draws international attention and record attendance

The CBC 17th Annual Symposium: “Epigenetics and Disease” was held virtually on October 30, 2020. Close to 500 participants from around the globe attended the event which included 6 remarkable scientific presentations and a virtual poster session.

“In the News”  I  December 14, 2020

▸ CBC COVID-19 Response Award recognized
Featuring recipients of a CBC COVID-19 Response Award

Director’s Corner  I  December 10, 2020

▸ 2020 Chicago VC Ecosystem Report

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Community, Biotech & Entrepreneurship

Posted: February 22, 2021
March 9, 2021
Virtual Event
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Women In Bio and SmartHealth Catalyzer
▸ BioPathways + Women In Bio: The Impact of COVID on Abbott’s Innovation
Featuring Andrea Wainer, Executive Vice President, Rapid and Molecular Diagnostics, Abbott

Posted: February 9, 2021
February 12, 2021
Virtual Event
NU Innovation and New Ventures Office
▸ Stage-Gates in Drug Discovery
Featuring Jim Audia, former CBC Executive Director

Posted: December 14, 2020
June 10-11 & 14-17, 2021
Virtual Event
Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
▸ BIO International Convention: BIO Digital


Posted: December 21, 2020
New Funding Opportunity
Cures Within Reach is excited to announce our new funding opportunity Request for Proposals (RFP), with up to $50,000 available for clinical repurposing trials impacting veterans in any disease area, including mental health, PTSD and brain injury. Clinical repurposing trials from any US-based institution impacting veterans are eligible. Proposal submissions due February 26, 2021.
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Posted: February 12, 2021
Mentoring Opportunity
Join Woman In Bio (WIB)-Chicago’s Mentorship, Advisors, Peers, & Sponsorship (MAPS) Program. MAPS is a 6 months mentoring program for everyone trying to connect and learn from people in the Chicago Biotech community to reach their career goals. Complete an application for consideration, due by March 11, 2021.
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