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Chicago Biomedical Innovation Alliance

Founded in 2019

The Chicago Biomedical Innovation Alliance (CBIA) was founded in 2019 by a group of non-profit organizations dedicated to accelerating transformative scientific discoveries to improve global healthcare.

The CBIA has sponsored the following events.
May 23, 2019 - Northwestern workshop on Chicago's 
biomedical innovation districts. The program can be found here.
Photos of the event can be seen here.
Adam Glaser's presentation can be downloaded here.
Brad Henderson's presentation can be downloaded here.
A News article about the event can be found here.

September 24, 2019 - BISNOW panel on Chicago's biomedical
innovation districts. A news article about the event can be found here.

November '19 to June '20 - Community Colleges Workshops I-IV. Co-sponsored with AUI. More details can be found here.

November 2019 - CBIA partnered with Women In Bio on a work-life integration survey of its membership. The results were published in April 2021 in Nature Biotechnology (click here).

October 2021 - CBIA partnered with iBIO, CBC and Northwestern University on a survey of advanced technology needs of life scientists in the State of Illinois.

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Innovation Assets

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Innovation Districts

Chicago has 3 downtown districts under development for biotech and healthcare.


University Hubs

Chicago has three Tier 1 biomedical research universities and medical centers.


 Startups and Companies

Chicago has more than 100 startups and biotech companies focused on innovation.



Chicago has several centers of learning for new and established entrepreneurs.

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