Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) was launched in December 2001 by the late Chicago philanthropist Dan Searle. Dan had a steadfast belief in the importance of scientific discovery, and he believed that collaboration among Chicago’s leading research universities was essential for both scientific and civic advancement. Faculty members at Northwestern, the University of Chicago, and UIC were challenged to think of ways to foster collaboration. The task was to design a plan that pulled faculty from across the city into a connected intellectual community, reducing rivalries and encouraging cooperation. Dan indicated that very substantial funding could be available for a proposal that passed muster.
In 2002, with a Planning Grant from The Chicago Community Trust, work began to turn a concept into reality. Each university sent representatives to form a city-wide Strategic Planning Group. Many ideas were considered at many meetings. Many busy faculty members donated many hours to the process. Key faculty leaders of the Strategic Planning Group were Rick Morimoto (Northwestern), Brenda Russell (UIC), and Jonathan Silverstein (University of Chicago). At the request of the University of Chicago and Northwestern provosts, Brenda Nelms and Katie Stallcup also played an active role in the development of the CBC.
The 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.
- Highly competitive salary with fringe benefits
- Funds are available for travel associated with program responsibilities
- Office space will be provided and shared with additional EFs
- Appointments are for 12 months but are renewable for an additional 12 months by mutual agreement
- A bird’s eye view of the pipeline of early stage biomedical applications
- An unparalleled network of peers and mentors in the bio-entrepreneurship space
The CBC Entrepreneurial Fellows will gain a network by:
- Working with the CBC Executive Director and Associate Director of Entrepreneurship
- Partnering with their member institution tech transfer and entrepreneurship offices: NU Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO), UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Office of Technology Management (OTM), UChicago Polsky Center
- Integrating with members of the EF Advisory Board and industry mentors
- Working with university faculty and experts in the greater Chicago bioentrepreneurship community
Requirements & Qualification
- Recent MS, PhD, MD, PharmD/PhD or MD/PhD recipient or recently completed an initial post doc in the biomedical sciences (biology, molecular biology, biophysics, chemistry, chemical biology or related fields) with a strong interest and passion for driving innovative and transformational biomedical research from the university lab toward clinical and ultimately commercial applications.
- A broad interest in translational research, with a primary focus on development of therapeutics or associated diagnostics and biomarkers.
- Prior exposure to contemporary drug discovery/development is desirable, but a profound interest in furthering this exposure is essential.
- Strong verbal and written communication, along with outstanding analytical skills are critical.
- Detail oriented with strong organization and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work independently and on a self-directed basis, but also as a high-functioning member of a team.
Required Documents for Application
- Cover Letter (no more than (2) pages) which should include an answer to the questions:
- why biotech/ bio-entrepreneurship
- why Chicagoland
- how the EF program will help your future career goals
- Thesis project and name of faculty advisor. They encourage applicants to use insights from your own journey and graduate career. As applicable, refer to specific, recent advances in the biotech commercial space that you consider exciting. Include your graduation date or anticipated graduation date as well as availability to begin Fellowship.
- Curriculum Vitae.
- Names, titles and contact information of three references to provide letters of recommendation
How To Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should,
All materials must be assembled into a single PDF document in the order listed. Name the PDF file with your last and first name (e.g. Last_First.pdf). Formatting of all documents should be in 11-point font, single spaced, 0.5-inch margins, and standard letter size (8.5” x 11”). Embedded figures are acceptable.
For More Information, visit CBC website