Boards

Updated: December 14, 2020

The CBC is supported by a number of academic leaders from Northwestern University, The University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). In addition to Chicago area leadership, our board membership includes a group of interdisciplinary advisors outside of the CBC’s member institutions. The CBC boards meet regularly to discuss CBC initiatives, award and educational programs, and strategies.


Executive Oversight Board

Updated: May 15, 2019

The Executive Oversight Board (EOB) provides general oversight of the CBC, holding the CBC accountable for achieving the goals established for Phase 2. The members of the EOB also provide guidance and, where possible, assistance on the major Phase 2 initiatives to expand linkages with the biomedical industry, fundraise, and elevate the public profile of the CBC. Until recently, the Provosts of each of the CBC universities (Northwestern University (NU), the University of Chicago (UChicago), and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)) directly oversaw the CBC and provided institutional responsibility working primarily through the EOB. As of April 20, 2020, following the CBC Governance Committee recommendation, the governance structure of the CBC reports to the CBC universities Chief Scientific Officers (CSOs) who hold the positions of Senior Research Officers at the three CBC universities.

The EOB is composed of representatives from:

  • the Foundation (initially The Searle Family and The Chicago Community Trust),
  • the universities (the three CSOs), and
  • the biomedical industry (the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and/or venture capital sectors; pending).

 
CURRENT MEMBERSHIP:

Updated: September 29, 2020

Renee Michaels
Executive Director, Kinship Foundation

Joanna Groden, PhD
CBC Chief Scientific Officer for UIC
Vice Chancellor for Research
University of Illinois at Chicago

Karen Kim, MD
CBC Chief Scientific Officer for UChicago
Vice Provost for Research
The University of Chicago

Milan Mrksich, PhD
CBC Chief Scientific Officer for NU
Vice President for Research
Northwestern University

Other membership pending


Scientific Advisory Board

Updated: May 15, 2020

Composed of distinguished biomedical scientists from outside of Chicago, the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is currently recruiting new members. SAB’s overarching goal will be to evaluate annually the scientific agenda and programs of the CBC to ensure the highest scientific standards and the stature of the CBC as an intellectual leader in scientific circles are maintained.


Accelerator Review Board

Updated: August 2, 2021

CBC Accelerator Award program proposals are evaluated by the Accelerator Review Board (ARB), composed of representatives from the pharmaceutical industry, the universities’ technology transfer officers, and mentors identified from the CBC and its member institutions. The Board reviews the projects and makes funding recommendation to the CBC Leadership based on significance, translational potential, marketability of the proposed product, preliminary data, and the soundness of the proposed milestones to discharge key elements of risk.

 
CURRENT MEMBERSHIP:

Sarki Abba Abdulkadir, MD, PhD
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Urology
Northwestern University

Steven J. Ackerman, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
University of Illinois at Chicago

Erin J. Adams, PhD
Joseph Regenstein Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The University of Chicago

Jim Audia, PhD
President
Audia Consulting

Shahila Christie, PhD
Director of New Business Ventures for Engineering
VP, Clinical Development, NovaScan Inc.
Operations Advisor, Portal Innovations LLC

Lisa Dhar, PhD
Director of New Business Ventures for Engineering
Innovation and New Ventures (INVO)
Northwestern University

Bryan Dickinson, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
The University of Chicago

Nancy Harvey, PhD, MBA
Senior Director
Illinois Ventures

Jeffrey Hubbell, PhD
Eugene Bell Professor in Tissue Engineering and Deputy Dean for Development
Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering
The University of Chicago

Anthony Kossiakoff, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The University of Chicago

Arnon Lavie, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
University of Illinois at Chicago

Brian Layden, MD, PhD
Associate Professor and Chief, Department of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism
University of Illinois at Chicago

Jeffrey Masters, PhD
Senior Director, Corporate Partnerships & Business Development
Northwestern University

Kenneth G. Miller, PhD
Head of Gene Therapy, Global Regulatory Affairs
Janssen/Johnson and Johnson

Raymond Moellering, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
University of Chicago

Edwin Moore, PhD
Clinical Professor, Entrepreneurial Center
University of Illinois
President
BioPhia Consulting, Inc.

Terry Moore, PhD
Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago

Michael Myers, PhD
Sr. Director, LRL – Due Diligence
Eli Lilly and Company

Robert Okabe
Managing Director
RPX Group LLC

Brenda Russell, PhD
Professor Emerita
University of Illinois at Chicago

Richard Silverman, PhD
Patrick G. Ryan/Aon Professor of Chemistry
Northwestern University

James P. Sullivan, PhD
Venture Partner
OrbiMed

D. Martin Watterson, PhD
John G. Searle Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Professor of Pharmacology
Northwestern University

Shann Yu, PhD
Scientific Director of the Chicago Immunoengineering Innovation Center (CIIC)
Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering
The University of Chicago


Catalyst Review Board

Updated: May 15, 2020

CBC Catalyst awards are made on the basis of scientific merit and are evaluated by the Catalyst Review Board (CRB) composed of equal numbers of scientists from consortium institutions who serve on a volunteer basis. The Board advises the Scientific Directors and works closely with the Executive Director to define and implement the specifics of the Catalyst Award program.

 
CURRENT MEMBERSHIP:

Michael Caffrey, PhD ▸ Lab Link
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics
University of Illinois at Chicago

Daniel Dombeck, PhD ▸ Lab Link
Associate Professor, Department of Neurobiology
Northwestern University

David Eddington, PhD ▸ Lab Link
Professor of Bioengineering, Department of Bioengineering
University of Illinois at Chicago

Michael Federle, PhD ▸ Lab Link
Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
University of Illinois at Chicago

Michael Glotzer, PhD ▸ Lab Link
Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology
The University of Chicago

Fotini Gounari, PhD ▸ Lab Link
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
The University of Chicago

Robert Holmgren, PhD ▸ Lab Link
Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences
Northwestern University

Michael Jewett, PhD ▸ Lab Link
Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Northwestern University

Laura Lackner, PhD ▸ Lab Link
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences
Northwestern University

Larry Miller, PhD ▸ Lab Link
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
University of Illinois at Chicago

Stephanie Palmer, PhD ▸ Lab Link
Associate Professor, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy
The University of Chicago

Michael Rust, PhD ▸ Lab Link
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology
The University of Chicago

Amittha Wickrema, PhD ▸ Lab Link
Professor, Department of Medicine, Section of Hematology/Oncology
The University of Chicago