Northwestern University

Northwestern University

Commercialization Resources

Northwestern University has many groups and programs which advise, assist and bring together our innovators and entrepreneurs.

  • Services at Northwestern

    • Consulting on Commercialization

      • Center for Developmental Therapeutics (CDT)

        For those that have therapeutic research, this is the bench to the clinic including IND process.  Capabilities include identifying and assisting with development on internal translational projects, and also connecting and assisting with the development of external industry projects of interest to Northwestern investigators. The program can also provide pilot funding to facilitate translational collaborations. Please contact the Director of CDT, Andrew Mazar.

      • Commercialization Clinic and Seminar

        The commercialization clinic is a consulting service offered to all members of Northwestern who have questions about how to commercialize an idea. Each Commercialization Clinic typically focuses on a specific sector (e.g. Medical Devices, Sensor-Based Medical Devices and IT/Software). Participants have the opportunity to receive feedback from a panel of experts, including lawyers, investors, and experts on FDA regulations, commercialization, and licensing. Attendees are invited to listen to other faculty presentations if a confidentiality agreement is signed.

    • Entrepreneurship Mentoring

      • Chicago Innovation Mentors

        Find a seasoned entrepreneur to be your mentor and guide you through the business and legal aspects of starting a company.  CIM is a multi-institution initiative that connects innovating faculty with experiences entrepreneurs, executives and domain experts.  The co-founders of CIM include Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago, in collaboration with the iBIO® Institute.

    • Legal

      • Entrepreneurship Law Center

        The Entrepreneurship Law Center is a clinical program affiliated with the Bluhm Legal Clinic. Through the commitment of top attorneys and law students at the Northwestern University School of Law, the ELC provides legal services to entrepreneurs focusing on job creation and economic development in the Chicago area.  Visit their website to submit a client request, which is typically considered in June, August, and December.  Please note that due to the high volume of demand, the Center is unable to provide services for all applicants.  If you have any questions, call their hotline at 312.503.3420.

    • Other Services

      • Lilly Phenotypic Drug Discovery

        Researchers with new chemical compounds can participate in the Lilly PD2 phenotypic assay panel. This free and confidential service is designed to identify compounds that modulate cellular processes by screening novel molecules in disease-relevant assays.  If interested contact Allan Nader.

      • Northwestern Core Facilities and Research Centers

        In addition to Northwestern University's own core facilities, NU researchers should also be aware of the fact that Northwestern, University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago are members of the Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC). These universities are partners in the Open Access Initiative that allows researchers at each university to use each other's core facilities seamlessly. This means that researchers will be treated the same in regard to availability and pricing of equipment and services regardless of their home institution. For information about specific instruments and services, please contact the manager of the core facility you wish to use.

        Northwestern University has a history of cooperation with external clients including for-profit and non-profit organizations. Cooperation is encouraged because it produces mutual benefits as well as benefits to society. This cooperation includes use of NU core facilities at appropriate external rates. If you are interested in using the instruments or services of a core facility, please contact the Director or Manager of the facility to inquire about availability.

  • Networking Organizations

    • Chicagoland Networking

      • Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization (IBIO)

        iBIO’s mission is to make Illinois and the surrounding Midwest one of the world’s top life sciences centers: a great place to do business, and a great place to grow new technology ventures.

      • Biologue Chicago

        Biologue Chicago is a networking organization for the biotech community in and around the Chicagoland area.

      • Illinois Technology Association (ITA)

        ITA helps to grow technology companies by fostering deep collaboration among the diverse industry all in support of developing the ecosystem necessary to foster the success of its member companies.

      • Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN)

        The Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN) is a platform for on-going collaboration between Kellogg faculty, corporate innovation leaders, nonprofits and government.  The KIN hosts two dialogue events per year:

      • Kellogg Venture Community (KVC)

        Provides a forum for Northwestern employees and alums to present business ideas and facilitates formation of project teams.

    • Other

      • Engines of Innovation

        Provides current examples of innovative businesses and initiatives and an opportunity for students from various universities to share their innovative ideas through a problem-solving forum

  • Space and Facilities

    • Chicago Campus Area

      • 1871

        1871 is a co-working center for digital startups. Located in the famed Merchandise Mart, the 50,000-square-foot facility provides Chicago startups with affordable workspace and access to mentors, programming, educational resources, potential investors and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs.  Application for Incubator Space

      • Chicago Technology Park

        Located in the Illinois Medical District near the UIC campus and close to CTA blue and pink lines.  Offers office and wet lab space.  More than two decades experience working with startups.

      • IIT University Technology Park

        A brand new park, located across the interstate from US Cellular Field. Convenient to public transportation (close to CTA red line, with METRA stop planned).  Office and wet lab space is available, with flexible layouts.

    • Evanston Campus Area

      • 1801 Maple Ave.

        A Northwestern University owned building located at Clark and Maple in Evanston with a mixture of commercial and academic tenants.  The building has fully operational wet labs and office space.

        Contact Renee Berliant at (847) 492-3100 for more information.

      • Illinois Science and Technology Park

        Located in Skokie, a 15 minute drive from Northwestern's Evanston Campus, the Illinois Science and Technology Park is on the former site of Pfizer/Pharmacia/Searle campus.  Different levels of space, ranging from small labs to premium, high class space.

      • Technology Innovation Center

        Also known as "the Incubator", the Technology Innovation Center is good for startups that do not need extensively built out wet lab space.  Two buildings in downtown Evanston.