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 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: July 27, 2022
Accelerator Award is a milestone-driven award program (up to $250,000) focused on translational research toward therapeutics or associated biomarkers and diagnostics.

The Accelerator Award Letter of Intent (LOI) submission portal is now OPEN; LOI submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis.

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▸ RFA: Entrepreneurial Fellows Award

Updated: August 18, 2022
The CBC Entrepreneurial Fellows (EF) Award program identifies and supports the professional development of junior life sciences 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 and connects trainees to the Chicago biomedical community.

The CBC Entrepreneurial Fellows (EF) Award application submission portal is now OPEN; application submission deadline has been extended to: October 7th, 2022. Applications will be evaluated as they come in, so apply early using the link below!
▸ EF Application Submission Form

Meet the 2022 inaugural class of CBC Entrepreneurial Fellows here!

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▸ RFA: Catalyst Award

Updated: January 13, 2022
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.

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▸ CBC 19th Annual Symposium

Updated: September 6, 2022
SAVE THE DATE for the highly anticipated CBC 19th Annual Symposium! The scientific theme for this year’s full day event will be on “Stress and Human Health: Diabetes”.

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2022

Location: Hybrid virtual/in-person event
Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital
Room L and Harris Family Atrium
250 E. Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60611
AND virtually via Zoom Webinar

TIME: 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM

POSTER SESSION: 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Symposium Twitter Feed: @CBCsymp2022, #CBCsymp2022

Keynote Speakers:
Rohit Kulkarni (Joslin/Harvard) and Arleen Tuchman (Vanderbilt)

Session Speakers include:
Grant Barish, (NU); Kirstie Danielson, (UIC); Tina Drossos, (UChicago); Kristen L. Knutson, (NU); Pamela Martyn-Nemeth, (UIC); Raghu Mirmira, (UChicago); Sirimon Reutrakul, (UIC); Robert Sargis, (UIC); Krista Varady, (UIC); Amisha Wallia, (NU); Jill Weissberg-Benchell, (NU); and Pingwen Xu, (UIC)

*Registration is required to attend in-person and virtually.

Register here to attend the symposium

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Come join us for our last Fellows program informational session!

Come talk today with current Fellows and Directors about what makes this opportunity unique!


The Chicago Biomedical Consortium is hosting its 19th Annual Symposium!


So awesome to see all of the exciting #Midwest #Biotechnology startups presented by inspiring female founders @ @CHIWomenInBio's startup challenge! Honored to have partaken in the process with my fellow @CBC_ChiBiomed Entrepreneurial Fellows!

Come randomly join us for an info session about our Entrepreneurial Fellows program! You never know what could happen 😏
Friday September 30 from 12:00 - 12:30 PM
Tuesday October 4 from 9:00 - 9:30 AM


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News  I  March 3, 2022

▸ Chicago Innovators: A four-person cohort may seed the biotech industry in Chicago

CBC Executive Director Michelle B. Hoffmann speaks with Sasha-Ann Simons on WBEZ’s Reset on how the CBC Entrepreneurial Fellows will help ignite our explosive life sciences ecosystem.

Click on the red “listen” button at the beginning of the article to hear the full podcast!

News  I  March 1, 2022

▸ The Chicago Biomedical Consortium Names Inaugural Class of CBC Entrepreneurial Fellows

CBC Entrepreneurial Fellows program aims to inspire and coach promising local biomedical talent and support the growing life science industry in Chicagoland.

Please see HERE for the Crain’s Chicago Business coverage!

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Community, Biotech, & Entrepreneurship

Posted: September 12, 2022
September 22, 2022
Hybrid Event @ Innovation Research Park – Monica Ply Conference, RM 120
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
▸ Biomedical Innovation Day
Featuring Keynote Speakers: Niels Emmerich, Abbvie and Paul Weiss, Venture Investors
Join us for a day of conversation around industry partnerships, biomedical discovery and healthcare.


Posted: August 3, 2022
Multiple Job Opportunities:
CTRL Therapeutics
CTRL Therapeutics is an emerging cell therapy company led by a team of serial entrepreneurs and biotech industry veterans focused on unlocking the full potential of autologous cell therapy to transform the treatment of solid tumors. 5 positions in Operations, Research and Process Development are available immediately. The US-based CTRL team will be housed at Portal Innovations at 400 N. Aberdeen St. in Chicago.

▸ Operations Manager
▸ Director/ Associate Director, Process Development
▸ Scientist / Senior Scientist, Process Development
▸ Research Associate, Process Development
▸ Research Scientist/Sr. Research Scientist

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