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: 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: April 7, 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 is:
August 20, 2021, @5PM.

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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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▸ CBC COVID-19 Seminar Series

Updated: April 6, 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, April 22, 2021
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: Virtual via ZOOM
Speaker: Savas Tay, PhD
Associate Professor of Molecular Engineering
Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering
The University of Chicago
Talk Title: Drug repurposing for COVID-19 and future pandemics

Join us as we hear Dr. Tay talk about his lab’s drug discovery pipeline, the technological developments in high throughput screening and how these tools could be applied to future pandemics for rapid discovery of repurposed and effective drugs.

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

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Save the Date!
May 27, 2021
▸ SARS-CoV-2 Viral Genomics And Variation In The Chicago Region
Speaker: Egon Ozer, Assistant Professor of Medicine, NU

June 24, 2021
▸ Autoantibodies Against Angiotensinii Generated by COVID Infection and its Correlation With Disease Severity and Blood Pressure Dysregulation in Hospitalized Patients
Speaker: Melody Swartz, William B. Ogden Professor of Molecular Engineering and Deputy Dean for Faculty Affairs, UChicago

July 22, 2021
▸ Long Haul COVID-19
Speakers from UIC, NU & 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  April 6, 2021

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

“In the News”  I  March 24, 2021

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

CBC awardee, Michael Jewett, NU, and a team of biochemical engineers invents a new method of vaccine production that would freeze-dry essential components of vaccines that can be rehydrated with a drop of water.

Success Story  I  March 17, 2021

▸ Guillermo Ameer recognized for his contributions to science and technology
Featuring Guillermo Ameer, NU

CBC awardee, Guillermo Ameer, NU, receives 2021 Clemson Award for Contributions to the Literature and named to the Academy of Distinguished Chemical Engineers by the University of Texas at Austin.

“In The News”  I  March 17, 2021

▸ SNA crosses the barrier
Featuring Alexander Stegh, NU and 2010 CBC Lever Awardee Chad Mirkin, NU

News  I  February 11, 2021

▸ CBC Catalyst and Accelerator Award Information Zoom Webinar – Recap
CBC universities received up-to-date information regarding the Catalyst and Accelerator Award programs.

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Community, Biotech, Entrepreneurship & Opportunities

Updated: April 15, 2021
June 10-11 & 14-17, 2021
Virtual Event
Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
▸ BIO International Convention: BIO Digital
Featured Speakers: Anthony Fauci, NIH, Julie Gerberding, Merck & Co., Inc., and Peter Marks, US Food and Drug Administration

Posted: April 15, 2021
June 24, 2021
Virtual Event
The University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering
▸ Immunoengineering 2021

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