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 other Chicagoland institutions to accelerate discovery and expand the Chicago based life sciences ecosystem in order to transform life science research into biomedical applications, create inclusive Chicagoland opportunities, and improve the health of humankind.

The CBC gratefully acknowledges support from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust.


CBC-HITES is a funding and analytics resource for academic researchers from nine Chicagoland institutions. Funding opportunities include “early” awards (up to $75K) for projects that need an enabling experiment and “late” awards (up to $250K) for
more progressed projects (see RFA).

The CBC-HITES Award application submission portal is OPEN;
LOI submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis.

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▸ RFA: Accelerator Award

The 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 OPEN;
LOI submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis.

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▸ RFA: Entrepreneurial Fellows Award

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 CLOSED. closed on May 10, 2024. Visit us regularly to see when the next round of application submissions will start!

Meet the CBC Entrepreneurial Fellows HERE!

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▸ RFA: Oncology Affinity Group Award

The CBC Oncology Affinity Group is an inclusive community of Chicago scientists with an overarching goal to provide a framework for selecting high-risk/high-reward research projects in the Oncology space. The CBC Oncology Affinity Group award can range up to $250,000 total for use over one to two years.

The Letter of Intent (LOI) submission portal for the CBC Oncology Affinity Group is CLOSED. LOI submission deadline: TBA.

Check back soon for more information about the next Affinity Group schedule.

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▸ Chicago BioCapital Summit (2024)

The Chicago BioCapital Summitis a full day event showcasing Chicago’s extraordinary biotech talent, cutting-edge innovation, and lucrative bioventures.

Event Organizers:
Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) in partnership with Portal Innovations, the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, and the Tech Transfer offices of CBC and CBC-HITES universities

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Recent CBC News

News  I  November 7, 2023

▸ CBC-HITES: New Chicago biopharma hub will accelerate timeline from medical discovery to patient delivery

CBC-HITES, in partnership with 27 industry, venture capital and community organizations, is one of 13 hubs that are now part of the NIH’s Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REAC Hub) program.

Find out how CBC-HITES will help academic inventors from nine Chicago institutions partner with biopharma leaders to transform their research into commercial products.

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CBC In The News I November 6, 2023

▸ The Chicago BioCapital Summit showcases Chicago’s latest innovations in the life sciences and biotech space.

Play the video below for highlights of the November 2, 2023 event!

Video produced by Ahmed Disouky @ CBC, 2023


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Posted: June 3, 2024
Job Opportunity!
Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC)
The Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) is looking for a Senior Associate Director who will work alongside the Executive Director to oversee and manage the many activities of the Consortium, which involves Northwestern, UIC, and the University of Chicago, as well as CBC-HITES universities (DPI, Rush, Loyola, Rosalind Franklin, and Northern Illinois University). The AD will help develop and execute programming strategy concerning CBC/ CBC-HITES programs including the BioCapital Summit and the Entrepreneurial Fellows. Charged with connecting people, managing projects and communications, and providing oversight for CBC-supported facilities in this multi-institutional organization, the Associate Director will (1) have primary responsibility for running the process for the BioCapital Summit, which includes liaising with logistics and event planning, developing invitations to VC and scientists, operations, and strategy of the Summit (2) administer and execute the Entrepreneurial Fellow program. These programs will be critical to the CBC’s ability to attract and maintain partnerships, enhance local and regional economic development, build engagement, elevate the reputation of our member institution scientists, inspire donations, and increase funding support.    ▸ Learn More

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