Events

  • Tue
    08
    Oct
    2013
    1:00pm - 2:00pmCenter for Care and Discovery Conference Room 05-341

    JamesGill

    James J. Gillespie, Ph.D., is President & CEO of the Center for Healthcare Innovation (www.chisite.org), a 501(c)(3) research center and thought-leadership institution focusing on the global life sciences industry. He is a scholar, executive, and entrepreneur, with an expertise focusing on the strategy, analytics, and operations of the biotechnology, medical device, and pharmaceutical sectors. Dr. Gillespie is CEO and Managing Director of the Chicago Life Sciences Consortium, a resource for early and middle stage biotechnology, medical device, and healthcare companies in the metropolitan Chicago area. He is Co-Leader of the Working Group on Innovation & Interoperability (WGII), a healthcare analytics project featuring executives from Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC), and Walgreens Corporation (WAGS). The WGII aims to leverage large claims, clinical, & prescription databases for high-powered analytics to improve healthcare quality, access, and outcomes. Dr. Gillespie serves as President and Board Member of the National Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Association (the leading professional organization for African-Americans in the life sciences industry), President and Board Member of the National Hispanic Life Sciences Society (the leading professional organization for Hispanic/Latino-Americans in the life sciences industry), and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Women In Healthcare & Life Sciences. Dr. Gillespie chairs the annual symposium “Globalization of Innovation: China, India, and US Life Science Markets” hosted by Microsoft Corporation and co-sponsored by Pharmaceutical Executive Magazine. He founded and chairs the annual symposium “Diversity, Inclusion, & Life Sciences”, which has become the world’s #1 annual event focused specifically on the interface between diversity, inclusion, and the global life sciences industry. Dr. Gillespie’s research has appeared in Academy of Management Review, American Behavioral Scientist, European Journal of Social Psychology, Federal Reserve Bank, Harvard Business Review, and Strategic Management Journal. His education includes Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, M.A., Ph.D.; Harvard University School of Law, J.D.; Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy, M.P.A.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S.; and Carnegie Mellon University.

    This talk is co-sponsored by the Dept of Human Genetics. 

  • Wed
    16
    Oct
    2013
    12-1:30pmBSLC 205

    Join us for some pizza and a discussion with panelists on careers in science communication and writing. Panelist are:

    Eric Pierce - Publisher at BioCentury http://www.biocentury.com/about/Management
    Fabiola Rivas - Editor, Trends in Immunology at Cell Press http://www.cell.com/trends/immunology/
    Mary Napier - Research Consultant and Analyst at GeneCom Group http://www.genecom.net/about-us/consultants/
    Rob Mitchum - Communication Manager of the Computation Institute at UofC http://www.ci.anl.gov/

     

  • Fri
    18
    Oct
    2013
    8am - 5pmRound Lake, IL

    Registration for this event is closed

    Want to learn about careers for PhD students in biotech and pharma? Join the University of Chicago Biotechnology Association and Career Advancement on a trek to Baxter October 18th. Baxter is a global healthcare company with expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. We will be visiting Baxter’s Round Lake facility in north Chicagoland. During our visit we will learn about Baxter (headquartered in Chicago), hear from a panel of PhDs that currently work at Baxter in many different capacities, have lunch and network with panelists, and get a tour of the lab facilities. This is a full day trek and we will leave from the University of Chicago at 8am and return around 5pm. You will have the opportunity to meet and interact with employees of many disciplines at Baxter including Research and Development, Project Management, Marketing, Clinical Operations, Quality, Regulatory Affairs, and IP Law. This event is co-sponsored by Career Advancement. Please email uchicagobiotech@gmail.com with any questions.

  • Wed
    23
    Oct
    2013
    5-6pmCLSC 119

    Raphael Mannino is the CEO of Aquarius Biotechnology (http://www.aquariusbio.com), a company invested in converting IV drugs to orally administered drugs.  Oral drug delivery overcomes several challenges associated with IV administration, such as risk of infection, patient discomfort from injections, and higher cost of care. Aquarius partners with biotech and pharmaceutical companies to develop new drugs using a revolutionary drug delivery platform called “cochleates.”

    Mr. Mannino will be speaking with us about his career path and his time at Aquarius.  He will also highlight how networking has guided his career advances.  Mr. Mannino is completing an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and holds a B.A. in mathematics from Columbia University.

  • Thu
    14
    Nov
    2013
    4-5pmKCBD 1103

    stevecollens

    Please join us for a talk with Steven Collens, Senior Vice President at The Pritzker Group, Nov 14th 4-5pm in KCBD 1103. A reception will follow.

    Steven Collens leads strategic initiatives for Pritzker Group, the investment firm led by Tony and J.B. Pritzker. Steven led the team that created 1871, Chicago’s center for digital startups, and is currently helping build a new startup center for bioscience companies. He previously worked at Abbott in a variety of domestic and international functions, including product management, policy and public affairs. In 2005 he started an internet business intended to put patients at the center of their own care – giving them control over their data and allowing HCPs to coordinate the care of their patients. Prior to Abbott, Steven served as a policy advisor to a US Senator. Steven holds an MBA from Kellogg and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis. He serves on the board of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, which runs 1871, as well as the Academy for Global Citizenship, the Chicago Artists' Coalition and the Civic Federation.

    Email uchicagobiotech@gmail.com with any questions. 

    RSVPs are requested at http://goo.gl/DY89EU

  • Mon
    18
    Nov
    2013
    4-5pmKCBD 1103

    CristalThomasPlease join us for a talk with Dept Governor of Illinois Cristal Thomas Nov 18th 4-5pm in KCBD 1103. A reception will follow.

    This event is hosted by UCBA and co-sponsored by PDA and Career Advancement. Email uchicagobiotech@gmail.com with any questions. 

    RSVPs are requested at http://goo.gl/trDwsz

    Cristal Thomas was appointed by Governor Quinn in February 2011, she is responsible for overseeing implementation of the Governor’s policy agenda and advising the Governor on critical policy, budget and management issues. Cristal’s primary areas of expertise include Medicaid and health care reform, performance management, budgeting, policy development and program design. 

    Immediately preceding her appointment as Deputy Governor, Cristal was Region V Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this capacity she was responsible for advancing HHS priorities, including the Affordable Care Act, within a six state region. Before joining HHS she was Executive Director of the Ohio Executive Medicaid Management Administration, where she provided strategic direction and led business process improvement projects across six state agencies responsible for health care, aging, public health, behavioral health and developmental disability systems. She has also served as Ohio Medicaid Director, Assistant Director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, and Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Management and Budget.

    Cristal has a Bachelor of Science degree in molecular genetics from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and a Masters degree in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago.

  • Mon
    31
    Mar
    2014
    4:00 pmKCBD 1103

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    In his seminar presentation entitled “An Insider’s Look at Illinois’ Diversified Biotech Engine”, David Miller President and CEO of iBIO—the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization—will provide an overview of Illinois/Midwest biotechnology growth in the agricultural, bio-industrial, and health care sectors. His discussion, framed by a sharing of his own encounters with biotechnology on both professional and personal levels, will offer broad strategic themes, as well as specific issues confronting the three sectors, including policy decisions now being hammered out in Springfield and Washington D.C.  David will also provide the audience extensive research on the strengths of and remaining challenges for our state and region. 

    His seminar will be followed with a networking reception in the KCBD lobby, co-sponsered by Dean's Council.

    The Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization (iBIO) is a life sciences trade organization comprised of leaders from the private, public and educational sectors orchestrating business leadership in delivery of world-class educational programs and creating new jobs in technology ventures.  Prior to joining iBIO, David worked with a variety of companies, including technology start-ups, housing developers, and Fortune 500 companies. He also served as business aide for the Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin where he established the heralded University of Wisconsin Research Park.

    Please RSVP for this event at http://goo.gl/i1osC2.

    Email uchicagobiotech@gmail.com with any questions.

  • Wed
    09
    Apr
    2014
    7-10pmIda Noyes Pub, 59th and Woodlawn

    Dean's Council (DC) and the University of Chicago Biotechnology Association (UCBA) invite you to a meet-and-greet social at the Ida Noyes Pub! Join us for some well-deserved relaxation, beer, and food, courtesy of DC-UCBA.  As a bonus, there will be opportunity to learn about careers in science and networking/career development events offered through UCBA.  We hope to see you there!

  • Fri
    25
    Apr
    2014
    3:30 pmBSLC 205

    Mike Tessel, the Career Advancement liaison to the BSD, will be discussing the importance of informational interviews.  

  • Thu
    01
    May
    2014
    3:00 pmCLSC 119

    Jobs in the Life Sciences/Biotechnology

    by Christopher Bell, Assistant Director of Admissions at the Keck Graduate Institute

    Discussion Topics:

     What is the Life Sciences Industry?
     Recent Changes and Dominant Factors in Industry
     Why the Industry Needs You
     Industry Careers: Function Areas
     Networking and Industry Affiliations

    Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) will present a comprehensive view of the Life Sciences/Biotech Industries and what postdocs and graduate students can do to prepare themselves for these exciting career opportunities. Also, attendees will learn about summer programs that can help bridge the gap between a life in academia and a career in industry.

  • Fri
    16
    May
    2014
    2:00 pmCLSC 119

    Join UCBA and PDA for a coffee hour with

    Lydia_VK

    LYDIA VILLA-KOMAROFF, PhD
    Board Member and the Chief Scientific Officer for Cytonome

    "Options and Opportunities in Biotech: One Journey, Many Paths"

    Seminar and Networking Reception
    Friday, May 16
    2-3:30 pm
    CLSC 119

    Please RSVP at: http://goo.gl/3IzEcj

    All students, postdocs, and staff are welcome!

    Questions? email: uchicagobiotech@gmail.com

    Funded in part by Student Government

  • Fri
    26
    Sep
    2014
    8:30 amKCBD 1103

    ‘Strategy and Entrepreneurship in Science’ seminar.

    Time: 3:30-4:30pm (Seminar); 4:30-5:30pm (Reception)

    Location: KCBD 1103

    -A limited number of FREE copies of “Black Hole Focus” will be given out to the first attendees to arrive (Doors open at 3:20pm)

  • Tue
    07
    Oct
    2014
    4:30 pmKCBD 1103

    Networking 101 will focus on the basics of networking including best practices in different scenarios.  This workshop will help you maximize the utility of networking events, conferences, and social media to establish relationships with people who have similar professional interests.

  • Tue
    18
    Nov
    2014
    12:30 pmChicago Innovation Exchange (CIE), 53rd Street, Hyde Park
    The second event in the Biomedical Sciences Networking Series (BSNS) is just around the corner! Mark your calendars for Tuesday November 18th from 5:00-7:30pm. The one and only Craig Wortmann will be leading “The Art of Networking” workshop in the wonderful new space over at the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE) on 53rd Street. We hope to see you all there!
    UCBA is proud to present this event with the help and support of the following co-sponsors/co-organizers: UChicago myCHOICE, the Chicago Innovation Exchange, the office of Graduate Student Affairs (GSA), the Graduate Innovation Grant, and the BSD Dean’s Council.
  • Wed
    25
    Mar
    2015
    4:00 pmBSLC Auditorium 115

    B&TUChicago Tech

  • Wed
    08
    Apr
    2015
    3:00 pmKCBD 9100 (9th Floor)

    UCBA, SACNAS, & the DDRCC are hosting a RSVP-only CV and Resume Workshop to effectively communicate your skill set for scientific research-related positions. The session will be led by Mike Tessel, Ph.D. from Graduate Student Affairs (GSA).

  • Thu
    23
    Apr
    2015
    6:00 pmMATTER (@ Merchandise Mart in Downtown Chicago)

    CHIentist’s first annual signature event which will gather stake holders within the life sciences from across the greater Chicago area. This unique, invite only, networking opportunity will bring together researchers, entrepreneurs and industry professionals in order to create connections between these often segmented communities.

    Agenda:

    6:00-6:30pm - Reception

    6:30-7:00pm - Introduction and Keynote Address: Tim Walbert, President and CEO of Horizon Pharma

    7:00-7:40pm - Structured Networking

    7:40-8:30pm - Freestyle Networking

    Light appetizers, local beer and wine will be provided.

    Please RSVP at: chientists-connections-matter.eventbrite.com

    For further information on this or future events please contact: CHIentists@gmail.com

  • Thu
    21
    May
    2015
    12:00 pmBSLC Auditorium 115

    Industry titan Doreen Tho demonstrates how to think innovatively about one's self to ensure a bright future for any career track.

    Doreen Tho, M.B.A, is an expert and leader in innovation, marketing, strategy, and process re-engineering initiatives for global healthcare, electronics, telecommunications, and high-tech industries. Recent past positions include Director of Innovation Strategies at Hospira (now Pfizer), and Director of Marketing at Abbott. Doreen has a proven track record of top line growth, profitability improvement, and product development for developed and emerging markets. Currently, Doreen has left the industry to pursue her newest passion as a green energy entrepreneur.

  • Mon
    23
    May
    2016
    4:00 PM- 6:30 PM Chicago Innovation Exchange Doerr Building - 1463 E 53rd St 2nd Floor

    Are you interested in learning how to create models, prototypes, and more out of virtually any material? Come learn how to utilize 3D printers, laser cutters, computer-numerical controlled (CNC) mills, and spray booths! In partnership with the Fab Lab (right across the street from the CIE), UCBA is proud to present the Joint Fab Lab 101 and Laser Cutter Class!

    About the Fab Lab:
    The Fab Lab is a digital fabrication lab which provides CIE members with access to the tools needed to translate between digital and physical design. (Learn more!)
    This space is currently open to CIE members only.

    Make sure that you sign up for CIE membership here. It is free for University of Chicago students and post-docs!

    After you become a CIE member, register for the class here.

  • Thu
    26
    May
    2016
    12:30 pmChicago Innovation Exchange

    Dr. Jonathan Weiss is an experienced healthcare entrepreneur and operator. With an MD from the Pritzker School of Medicine and an MBA from the Booth School, he has deep scientific, clinical, and business experience. He will discuss his career path, the value of his advanced degrees, and the importance of collaboration between disciplines.

    RSVP to join us here.

    AGENDA
    5:00 pm - Registration and reception
    5:30 - 6:15 - Talk and Q&A
    6:15 - 7:00 - Structured networking
    7:00 - 7:30 - General networking

  • Thu
    29
    Sep
    2016
    5:30 pmKCBD Lobby

    Grab some snacks and drinks and get to know us. Professional headshots will be taken!

  • Wed
    12
    Oct
    2016
    5:00 pmPolsky Exchange

    Network with like-minded students pursuing various degrees (MBA, PHD, MD and more).

  • Tue
    25
    Oct
    2016
    7:30AM (whole day)AbbVie

    Join us for an in-depth look at AbbVie, networking session included.

  • Wed
    02
    Nov
    2016
    5:30 pmMATTER

    Tour the healthcare startup incubator and join us for a fireside chat with Bill Gantz.

  • Tue
    31
    Jan
    2017
    5:30PM-7:30PM3rd Floor UChicago Bookstore Building

    Our colleagues at The Gargoyle Consulting Club & UChicagoGRAD are proud to host Pam Schilling (Founder, The MBA Exchange) for an 8-session workshop series called "Capturing Consulting Offers". During sessions from January 31-April 29, graduate students and postdocs will learn about best practices related to job documents, interviewing, case preparation, and networking. Learn what it takes to get a job at a top consulting firm, and how preparation for consulting applications can prepare you for interviews elsewhere.

    The kickoff session, which takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on January 31, is free! To attend ALL remaining 7 sessions costs a total of $10, thanks to generous sponsorship by the Graduate Council, myChoice and UCBA.

    For more information visit: http://www.gargoyleconsulting.org/events/

  • Tue
    31
    Jan
    2017
    6:30PM-8:30PMNorthwestern Medical School - Hughes Auditorium

    Organized by our friends at CHIentist and Northwestern Postdoctoral Forum

    Networking 101: Breaking the First Barriers is a free event that will feature a panel discussion during which you will hear highly experienced professionals discussing their own tips and secrets on making those useful connections that can alter the course of your career. This is the first of a two part series and will focus primarily on the initial meeting and interaction. The event continues afterwards with a Networking Session and libations, during which you can put your skills to the practice and make some meaningful connections. This event will be of particular interest to early career professionals and trainees, but will still be relevant to even the most senior professionals.

    For more information or to RSVP for this event go to http://tinyurl.com/Jan31Networking

  • Thu
    02
    Feb
    2017
    5:00PM-7:00PMPolsky Exchange- Promontory Point Meeting Room

    From our collaborators at the Polsky Exchange.

    The UChicago Graduate Student and Postdoc Innovation Mixer is an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs cross the University of Chicago to experience the Polsky Exchange, meet one-another, and spark inter-disciplinary collaborations. This will be a great opportunity to meet other like-minded individuals and even find new teammates for any research project or business idea you're working on. 

    Register here

  • Mon
    27
    Mar
    2017
    5:00PM-6:00PMBiological Sciences Learning Center (BSLC)

    UCBA is proud to host the first "Booth 101" seminar for BSD graduate students and post docs. An academic representative from the Booth School of Business will be there to provide information on classes and the registration process as well as answer any questions you may have. Additionally, current Booth students will speak about the opportunities for biomedical researchers in the business community. Finally, current graduate students who have taken business classes during their time in the BSD will comment on their experience at Booth and managing the class load along with their lab work. We hope this seminar will provide the information needed for BSD students to take advantage of the opportunities available to them through the greater UChicago community.

 

Be on the look out for our upcoming events!

  • Booth Business School: Consulting Exposure Series
  • Treks
  • Fab Lab II
  • UCBA Mentorship Program