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March 25, 2015 7:30 AMto1:00 PM

SBIR/STTR WORKSHOP

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs provide qualified small businesses with opportunities to propose innovative projects that meet specific federal needs. These programs offer more than $2 billion annually to support the research and development of technology by small businesses across the nation. Federal agencies set aside a portion of their extramural R&D budgets to be awarded to small businesses.  Entrepreneurs can get anywhere from $150,000 to $1 million in capital to determine a technology’s feasibility and develop a prototype. 

In this free workshop, you will learn the ins and outs of the application process and tips to make your application stand out and get a better score. Open to all startups who want to succeed in securing an SBIR / STTR grant. 
  >Details and Registration

June 13, 2014 11:30 AMto2:00 PM

iBIO Summer Barbecue

The iBIO Summer Barbecue Series provides an opportunity for our community to come together, network and enjoy some of the splendors of summer.  The BBQ's are hosted at area tech parks and several of the iBIO Purchasing Program vendors will be available to answer questions on how the program can save members money.

RSVP is required. This program is FREE to iBIO Members, $10 for Non-Members.
June 13, 11:30 am - 2 pm
@ University Tech Park @ IIT      
3440 S. Dearborn St, Chicago, Illinois  60616           >More

February 25-26, 2014

11th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity and Finance Conference

Join McGuire Woods and McGladrey at this premier two-day healthcare-focused private equity, lending and finance conference, which explores new ways to successfully close transactions and achieve growth. This year’s conference will again include presentations by companies seeking investment or financing.  >More

February 4-5, 2014 9:00 AMto4:00 PM

SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop

PROPEL’s next SBIR/STTR grant writing workshop is February 4 and 5, 2014, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in Chicago.  This two-day intensive workshop combines covers all aspects of writing SBIR/STTR grants including eligibility, sources of funding and agency differences, understanding what reviewers look for, step-by-step instructions on how to write each section of the proposal.  The workshop is targeted to life science companies, covering DOD, NSF and NIH, with detailed emphasis on NIH.  If you plan to submit an SBIR or STTR proposal within the next 12 months, PROPEL strongly encourages you to attend.  The registration fee is $200 per participant, and $150 for each additional participant from the same company.  Register by January 29.  >Details and registration

January 8, 2014

Clean Energy Challenge 2014 Deadline

The 2014 Clean Energy Challenge business plan competition will award up to $500,000 in prizes to teams of entrepreneurs, researchers and students in the Midwest with innovative ideas that will impact clean energy. Prizes are awarded in two categories: Early Stage and Student. Submissions are due January 8 and the final event will take place in April 2014.  >More

October 2, 2013

iBIO PROPEL Business Plan Competition & Chicago Innovation Showcase

This competition will spotlight formation- and early-stage life sciences companies in Illinois and the surrounding Midwest.  Entrepreneurs will compete for a $10,000 cash award.  The Chicago Innovation Showcase will feature many of exciting and complex technologies from the life sciences, healthcare IT and related technologies that are being commercialized in the Chicago region. The day will include the Business Plan Competition Finals, presentations by ventures of Chicago Innovation Mentors, Northwestern University, University of Chicago and University of Illinois, as well as a panel discussion on Wall Street’s current view of small cap and early stage life sciences companies. Join financial and strategic investors, corporate partners, entrepreneurs and the entire innovation community at this exciting showcase event. 

September 16-17, 2013 9:00 AMto4:00 AM

SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop

PROPEL’s next SBIR/STTR grant writing workshop led by Lisa Kurek of BBCetc is September 16 and 17, 2013, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in Chicago.  This two-day workshop combines the SBIR/STTR 101, Proposal Preparation, and NIH Electronic Submission Workshops into a two-day intensive workshop.  The workshop is targeted to life science companies, covering DOD, NSF and NIH, with detailed emphasis on NIH.  If you plan to submit an SBIR or STTR proposal within the next 12 months, PROPEL strongly encourages you to attend.  The registration fee is $200 per participant, and $150 for each additional participant from the same company.  Register by September 10.  >Details and registration

July 26, 2013 11:00 AMto2:00 PM

2013 iBIO Summer Barbeque

The iBIO Summer Barbque is coming to UTP at IIT to encourage networking and promote participation in the iBIO Purchasing Program.  >Details and registration

June 25, 2013 11:30 AMto1:30 PM

Deep Dive into Due Diligence: What Life Sciences Startups Need to Know

Join PROPEL for its upcoming workshop on due diligence at early stage life sciences companies. This PROPEL workshop will focus on how to best prepare for due diligence by financial investors, strategic investors and potential partners. This workshop will explore how a life sciences startup should prepare for due diligence, understanding investor/partner expectations, how due diligence differs between investment and exit, and the sharing of best practices.  >Details and registration

June 5-6, 2013 9:00 AMto4:00 PM

SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop

PROPEL’s next SBIR/STTR grant writing workshop led by Lisa Kurek of BBCetc is June 5 and 6, 2013, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in Chicago.  This two-day workshop combines the SBIR/STTR 101, Proposal Preparation, and NIH Electronic Submission Workshops into a two-day intensive workshop.  The workshop is targeted to life science companies, covering DOD, NSF and NIH, with detailed emphasis on NIH.  If you plan to submit an SBIR or STTR proposal within the next 12 months, PROPEL strongly encourages you to attend.  The registration fee is $200 per participant, and $150 for each additional participant from the same company.  Register by May 30.  >Details and registration

April 23, 2013 8:00 AMto10:00 AM

HEIDELBERG CLUB OF CHICAGO BIO BREAKFAST 2013

Networking breakfast hosted by Heidelberg Technology Park and UTP at IIT at The Chicago Club, Robert Todd Lincoln Room, 81 East Van Buren Street, Chicago, IL. RSVP by April 5th.  >Details and Registration

April 23, 2013 5:00 PMto6:30 PM

Entrepreneurial Meet-Up at the 2013 BIO International Convention

Join PROPEL, Chicago Innovation Mentors, and the entire life sciences community for an entrepreneurial meet-up at the Illinois Pavilion of the BIO International Convention.  During the BIO Exhibition Hospitality Receptions, the Illinois Pavilion will feature live music and Chicago-based food and beverages.  Be sure to stop by, say hello, and network with the entire entrepreneurial life sciences community. 

April 22, 2013 9:00 AMto12:30 PM

ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY RESEARCH PARKS BIOPARKS 2013

Hosted by UTP for tech park and cluster directors from around the world plus other interested parties.  Speakers and panels will explore innovation in BioParks to meet the increasingly complex issues associated with the commercialization of new pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and devices, and discuss how BioParks across the world are collaborating to support their client companies and cluster ($345 registration fee).  >Details and Registration

April 22-25, 2013

2013 BIO INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION

Join the global life sciences community at the 2013 BIO International Convention. This is the largest global event for the biotechnology industry and attracts the biggest names in biotech, offers key networking and partnering opportunities, and provides insights and inspiration on the major trends affecting the industry.  The event features keynotes and sessions from key policymakers, scientists, CEOs, and celebrities.  The Convention also features the BIO Business Forum (One-on-One Partnering), hundreds of sessions covering biotech trends, policy issues and technological innovations, and the world's largest biotechnology exhibition - the BIO Exhibition.  >More

April 22, 2013 2:00 PMto5:00 PM

WELCOME TO BIO - POLAND!

A symposium sponsored by the Trade & Investment Section, Embassy of Poland, Washington, DC., University Technology Park at IIT, Ministry of the Economy, Republic of Poland, and the Krakow Life Science Cluster.  Featuring addresses by Polish Government leaders discussing the globalization of the Polish Life Sciences Industry, and an interactive panel of Polish and US companies discussing how they work with clusters and technology parks to improve their technologies, and market their products (no charge).  Networking reception from 4:00 to 5:00 PM sponsored by the Polish Embassy.   >Registration

April 22, 2013 1:00 PMto1:50 PM

PANEL DISCUSSION: MULTINATIONALS ENGAGEMENT WITH SCIENCE PARKS & CLUSTERS

A discussion of the ways that leading multinational life science firms in the Chicago area wish to engage with clusters and science parks as they seek to expand linkages for open innovation and experimentation in generating new technologies. Exploration of current partnerships, how clusters and science parks can better communicate the advances of their companies and research centers, the mechanisms for learning about each company's priorities and research and development (no charge). Panelists representing Abbvie, Astellas, and Takeda:

  • Gary A. Gabrielsen, Vice President, Business Development and Alliance Management, Astellas USA, LLC
  • William Kohlbrenner, Head of Global External Research, AbbVie, Inc.
  • Terry Porter, Vice President, Search and Evaluation, Global Business Development, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, USA, Inc.
  • Moderator: David Baker; Executive Director, University Technology Park at IIT; Vice President External Affairs, IIT; and President, Association of University Research Parks
Register by e-mail with contact information to monroe@iit.edu

April 4, 2013

CLEAN ENERGY CHALLENGE

The Clean Energy Challenge is a two-level competition that allows clean energy entrepreneurs with companies in different points of development to compete for funding opportunities. The Early Stage Challenge, also sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, is a business competition for early stage companies located in the Midwest region. The Clean Energy Trust administers the competition and will provide mentorship to each of the finalists. The top teams will compete for over $100,000 cash prizes.  >Details and Registration

February 5-6, 2013 4:05 PMto7:05 PM

SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop

iBIO Propel has scheduled a grant writing workshop on February 5th and 6th at McDonnell Boehnen & Berghoff at 300 South Wacker Drive focused on life sciences technologies. More information is on the iBIO web site, including an updated schedule of all iBIO meetings and events.  >More

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