CHIentist and the Inaugural CHIentist Connect Happy Hour


UCBA is excited to introduce the CHIentist group initiative and advertise the inaugural CHIentist Connect Happy Hour!

CHIentist is a student and postdoctoral fellow led initiative which seeks to create a sense of community and build new connections among life scientists in the Chicago area. Our organizers include representatives from the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and University of Illinois at Chicago. We aim to provide a means for Chicago scientists in academia, as well as industry, to meet, connect and communicate with one another on a regular basis. By providing a platform for virtual and in-person networking opportunities, we hope to strengthen the local life science community, thereby further solidifying the City of Chicago as a major biomedical hub and superior center for science and innovation. 

The very first CHIentist Connect Happy Hour will be taking place on Wednesday September 10th from 6-8pm at the D4 Irish Pub & Cafe near Northwestern’s downtown Chicago campus. All attendees will be be responsible for their individual tabs, however there is a 20% discount on all food and beverages for Northwestern and University of Chicago students. 

Please RSVP by Monday September 8th if you are interested in attending the happy hour event. Follow this Eventbrite link to RSVP:

CHIentist is looking forward to expanding its member base and getting valuable professional connections off the ground. To get involved with the CHIentist community and to make sure you hear about all of our future events, you can join the CHIentist LinkedIn group by following this link:

We look forward to seeing you all at the happy hour!


Happy Hour at MATTER

An excellent opportunity for UCBA members to check out the space the biohub, MATTER will be located coming this fall and meet entrepreneurs, life science professionals and representatives from iBIO, MATTER, CIM, and more. 


MATTER, the new innovation hub for next generation health care technologies, is opening its doors to the community before it officially opens later this fall.

This is your chance to network with entrepreneurs and leaders from across the health technology community, plus check out our rough space before the hammers start swinging.

What: MATTER Happy Hour
Date: July 24
Place: Merchandise Mart, 12th floor
5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Networking
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Check out the MATTER space designs
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Networking

Sponsored by:

In partnership:


MATTER is a community of healthcare entrepreneurs and industry leaders working together in a shared space to individually and collectively fuel the future of healthcare innovation. MATTER’s mission is to proactively connect and promote the collaboration between scientists, physicians, health technology entrepreneurs and other industry partners, in order to bring next-generation products and services to market that improve quality of care and save lives.


A MATTER of Fact


MATTER, a center for Health Tech entrepreneurship is under development in downtown Chicago, IL.  This 25,000 sq ft non-profit facility will provide a unique environment for healthcare IT and biotechnology entrepreneurs to interact, share resources, exchange information, access industry experts and local talent.  Building on the success of the digital startup hub,1871, MATTER hopes to serve as a place for entrepreneurs and business experts to foster increased collaboration and support innovative ideas to create new products and services for healthcare.  In addition this shared environment aims to:

  • Increase local risk capital investment
  • Attract talent from around the world
  • Create jobs in Illinois

Along with private and shared office space, MATTER will provide space for more casual meet-ups and large presentations.  The startup BioHub will also host classes, workshops and events designed to encourage problem-solving by providing entrepreneurs with new skills and generating novel ideas.

The life science industry in Illinois has a $98 billion economic impact.  Following a             $4 million investment by the state of Illinois, MATTER is currently being built in Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago, in close proximity to 1871, in what now is being called ‘Silicon hallway.’  Based on the success of 1871, generating >200 startups and >1000 jobs since its inception in 2012, MATTER hopes to become the central focal point for the Healthcare and medical devices communities in Chicagoland.

Healthcare and biotechnology startups and innovation in Chicago are often viewed as being challenged by a lack of density and connection between its universities, hospitals, biotech’s, and pharmaceutical companies.  MATTER will be a place for very early stage incubation and company formation, a place for people to meet and to learn.  By putting diverse expertise in direct proximity to one another MATTER hopes to foster this interaction and to stimulate innovation, entrepreneurship, investment and the overall goal of forming new companies in Chicago.

While it remains to be seen whether MATTER will deliver on its potential to promote and support entrepreneurship in Healthcare and biotechnology, the buzz is certainly in the air and we are excited to see what it can deliver.  MATTER is scheduled to open in Autumn 2014.

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By Ben Hall & Daniel Leventhal

Thank you to Steven Gould and Andrew Cittadine from MATTER.