April 30, 2015

CIMposium Number 3 Held at UIC

The third in the series of four Chicago Innovation Mentors (CIM) CIMposia planned for 2014-2015 was held at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine on April 27, 2015. The meeting was held in the recently remodeled College of Medicine Learning Center Auditorium located in the West Tower Building. Attendees included faculty, students, staff, CIM mentees and mentors, and other interested parties including CBC representative Karen Snapp. The third CIMposium, similarly to the first and the second sessions, focused on FDA regulatory issues with an emphasis on pre-clinical and clinical development.

The program began with a warm welcome from Dimitri Azar – MD, MBA, Dean, College of Medicine, Distinguished University Professor and BA Field Chair of Ophthalmologic Research, Professor of Ophthalmology, Pharmacology and Bioengineering at UIC.

Presenters included:

  • Pat Frank (Founder of Patricia Frank & Associates, Inc.)
  • George Allen Hides (Managing Partner at Geis-Hides Consulting LLC)
  • Ric Newman (RnD Services)
  • Lilli Zakarija (EdgeOne Medical Inc.)

The meeting covered such topics as the management of the development process, including “do’s” and “don’ts” of communicating with the FDA, preparation of preclinical information for Investigational New Drug (IND) applications, key pre-clinical considerations for devices and clinical development in a regulatory environment.

The fourth and final session in the CIMposia series will be held later this year at MATTER.