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: October 15, 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; application submission deadline is: November 17, 2021. Applications will be evaluated as they come in, so apply early using the link below!
▸ EF Application Submission Form

Meet CBC’s First Entrepreneurial Fellow in the video below!

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▸ RFA: Catalyst Award

Updated: September 22, 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 portal is now OPEN; application submission deadline is: October 29, 2021

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▸ RFA: Accelerator Award

Updated: September 7, 2021
Accelerator Award is a milestone-driven award program (up to $250,000) focused on translational research toward therapeutics or associated biomarkers and diagnostics.

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▸ CBC Information Sessions: Entrepreneurial Fellows Award Program

Updated: October 22, 2021
REGISTER NOW to attend a CBC Information Session to learn more about the Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) Entrepreneurial Fellows (EF) Award program and how you can apply. Events will be held in-person and virtually via Zoom unless otherwise indicated. See below for event dates currently available. Note that each session will be in a similar format and will be communicating the same information.

Please choose the session(s) that best fit your schedule and click for more information or to register.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021; 1:00 – 2:00 PM; (Maywood – Loyola)
Thursday, October 28, 2021; 1:00 – 2:00 PM; (North Chicago – Rosalind Franklin)

Registration is required unless otherwise indicated. Location of each session will be provided in the registration page and a link to the webinar will be provided upon completion of registration. Please click on dates above to access registration page.

▸ 18th Annual CBC Symposium

Updated: September 10, 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 Alexis Demonbreun (NU)

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News  I  September 10, 2021

▸ CBC Senior Investigator leads the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute at Northwestern University

Renowned proteomics expert Neil Kelleher named director of the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute (CLP), effective September 1st. Kelleher succeeds Thomas O’Halloran, who led CLP since it launched in 2005.

News  I  August 17, 2021

▸ Michelle Hoffmann, PhD takes on role as new Executive Director of the Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC)

The Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) is delighted to welcome Michelle Hoffmann, PhD, as the new 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

News  I  April 6, 2021

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

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Community, Biotech, Entrepreneurship & Opportunities

Posted: August 26, 2021
October 8, 2021
Virtual Event
The University of Chicago, Department of Neurology
▸ 14th Annual 2021 Chicago Symposium on Translational Neuroscience – Neuroinflammation and Autoimmune Disease
Featured Speakers: Dwight E. Bergles, Johns Hopkins University; Oleg Butovsky, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Gloria Choi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Marco Colonna, BJC Institute of Health at Washington University; Kevin C. Eggan, Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology Broad Institute; Michal Schwartz, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel; Beth Stevens, Harvard Medical School

Posted: September 8, 2021
October 8, 2021
In-Person Event – Portal Innovations, 1375 West Fulton Street
Time: 8:30 – 10:00 AM
Increasing the pace of biotech innovations, and expanding the number of communities that have access to them, requires us to think bigger. Join Roivant Social Ventures and Portal Innovations for a lively discussion of biotech, manufacturing, and the trends that come together to create a more inclusive future. RSVP Today!
▸ De-Coasting Biotech Manufacturing
Featured Speakers: Lindsay Androski, Roivant Social Ventures; Ryan Clarke, Cellgorithmics; Kerry Love, Sunflower Therapeutics

Posted: September 22, 2021
October 12, 2021
Virtual Event
Rosalind Franklin University, Women in Bio & SmartHealth Catalyzer
▸ Building a Diverse, Equitable, and Collaborative Biotech Research Ecosystem
Featured Speaker: Michelle Hoffman, PhD Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC)

Posted: September 28, 2021
October 13, 2021
Virtual Event
University of Illinois at Chicago, Center for Clinical and Translational Science
▸ TrACTS: Human Centered Design for Health Research
This presentation will provide an overview of human-centered design focused on ways it can support recruitment and retention efforts in clinical research and ways that researchers can incorporate these approaches into their studies.
Featured Speakers: Hugh Musick, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, UIC; Jennifer Sculley, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, UIC

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Posted: August 27, 2021
October 4-7, 2021
Call for Applications
ThinkChicago Exchange
ThinkChicago, a national STEM talent attraction and retention program for Chicago technology and innovation companies, is hosting their flagship event exclusively for advanced degree students & professionals. Accepted applicants will take a behind-the-scenes tour of Chicago’s thriving tech & innovation sector through a hybrid, immersive experience. Application deadline is September 24, 2021. This event is led by World Business Chicago, Chicago Biomedical Consortium, the University of Illinois System (Technology Entrepreneur Center/TEC, Discovery Partners Institute/DPI, VPEDI), GET Cities, and P33.
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Posted: September 28, 2021
November 12, 2021
Call for Applications
Women in Bio Inclusion Grant
Women In Bio (WIB), is proud to offer the WIB Inclusion Grant, established to award outstanding inclusion activities that are a catalyst for fostering a diverse and inclusive environment and create a dynamic and invaluable resource and allyship for the local communities in our chapter cities. Application deadline is November 12, 2021.
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