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.

May 25, 2021
Important Announcement:

MOU for Open Access to Research Core Facilities at the CBC Institutions is Renewed

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Open Access Initiative (OAI) to Research Core Facilities at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and University of Illinois at Chicago has been renewed for an additional 3 years covering the January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2023 time period. This agreement allows researchers at each CBC university to be treated the same in regard to availability, pricing of services and waive of indirect (F&A) costs regardless of their home institution. The CBC has provided administrative oversight since the inception of the MOU.
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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: 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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▸ 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: June 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, June 24, 2021
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: Virtual via ZOOM
Speaker: Melody Swartz, PhD
William B. Ogden Professor of Molecular Engineering
and Deputy Dean for Faculty Affairs, UChicago
Talk Title: Vascular Dysregulation in COVID-19

Join us to hear Dr. Swartz speak about “Vascular Dysregulation in COVID-19”.

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

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UP NEXT IN THE SERIES:

Save the Date!
July 22, 2021
▸ Long Haul COVID-19
Speakers from UIC, NU & UChicago


PAST TALKS FROM THE COVID-19 SEMINAR SERIES:
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  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

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


Success Story  I  March 17, 2021

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



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Community, Biotech, Entrepreneurship & Opportunities

Posted: June 17, 2021
June 22, 2021
Virtual Event
Northwestern | Chemistry of Life Processes Institute
▸ Biotech by the Lake Investor Summit 2021: Targeting Neurological Disorders
Featured NU Speakers: Neil L. Kelleher, Pembe Hande Ozdinler, William Klein, Yevgenia Kozorovitskiy, and Richard Silverman.


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



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Opportunities

Posted: May 19, 2021
June 8 – June 10, 2021
Call for Applications
ThinkChicago – Advanced Degree Exchange 2021
ThinkChicago is calling for graduate and PhD students to apply to the first-ever ThinkChicago PhD Exchange, an all virtual, FREE immersion event where you can take a behind-the-scenes tour of Chicago’s thriving tech & innovation scene. The event is led by World Business Chicago, P33, the University of Illinois System (Technology Entrepreneur Center/TEC, Discovery Partners Institute/DPI, VPEDI), and GET Cities. Application submissions are due Friday, May 21, 2021.
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Posted: April 28, 2021
July 9, 2021
Request for Proposals (RFP)
Repurposing Research Led by a US-Based Racial Minority Principal Investigator in Any Disease
Cures Within Reach is seeking clinical repurposing trials in any disease led by an underrepresented racial / ethnic minority clinical researcher (as defined by the NIH). At least 3 grants of up to $70,000 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 July 9, 2021.
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Posted: April 28, 2021
July 30, 2021
Request for Proposals (RFP)
Repurposing Research to Address Racial / Ethnic Health Disparities in the Greater Chicago Area
Cures Within Reach is seeking clinical repurposing trials from any research institution in the greater Chicago area to address racial /
ethnic health disparities in communities of color (as defined by the NIH). At least 3 grants for up $80,000 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 July 30, 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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