iBIO https://ibio.org To promote, connect and engage the life sciences community Fri, 24 Jan 2020 13:25:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://ibio.org/wp-content/uploads/cropped-android-chrome-512x512-32x32.png iBIO https://ibio.org 32 32 iBIO Members Save Up to 75% on Equipment and Services with BIO Business Solutions https://ibio.org/ibio-members-save-up-to-75-on-equipment-and-services-with-bio-business-solutions/ https://ibio.org/ibio-members-save-up-to-75-on-equipment-and-services-with-bio-business-solutions/#respond Fri, 24 Jan 2020 13:25:12 +0000 https://ibio.org/?p=4746

Through our partnership with the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the international organization that represents the biotechnology industry, iBIO offers our members the opportunity to take advantage of several of the BIO Business Solutions® programs. With more than $570 million in annual sales, BIO Business Solutions® aggregates the purchasing power of over 4,100 biotech companies from North America. Companies of all sizes save substantial money each year through its group savings program.

Available Cost-Savings Options and Other Benefits
  • Discounts of up to 75% on laboratory supplies and equipment
  • Savings of up to 70% on office supplies and furniture
  • Savings of up to 70% on shipping services
  • Savings of up to 50% on workwear and cleanroom services
  • Premium credits and enhanced coverages on business insurance
We have been using the BIO Business Solutions® program for many years. We are using programs for things like office supplies and lab supplies and the savings come out to about $200k a year. That’s money we’ve been able to invest right back into our research so BIO Business Solutions® has definitely been a great choice for us.
Dave Lawrence

CBO, Acorda Therapeutics

AVAILABLE PROGRAMS

]]>
https://ibio.org/ibio-members-save-up-to-75-on-equipment-and-services-with-bio-business-solutions/feed/ 0
Illinois Legislative Update: New Senate President – Don Harmon https://ibio.org/illinois-legislative-update-new-senate-president-don-harmon/ https://ibio.org/illinois-legislative-update-new-senate-president-don-harmon/#respond Mon, 20 Jan 2020 13:08:46 +0000 https://ibio.org/?p=4743 Yesterday the Senate convened to formally elect Senator Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, as Senate President for the remainder of the 101st Illinois General Assembly, effective immediately.  

Harmon, 53, was born and raised in Oak Park, he has represented the 39th District since 2003. His district includes Chicago’s Austin neighborhood and the suburbs of Oak Park, Addison, Bensenville, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Melrose Park, Northlake, River Grove, Rosemont, Schiller Park, and Stone Park.

Both chambers are scheduled to return to Springfield on Tuesday, January 28th.  This will begin the 2020 Spring Session.  The House and Senate calendars can be found by clicking the following links :: House Calendar ; Senate Calendar

Governor Pritzker is scheduled to give his State of the State Address on Wednesday, January 29th.

]]>
https://ibio.org/illinois-legislative-update-new-senate-president-don-harmon/feed/ 0
January Grant Opportunity Report https://ibio.org/jan2020-federal-grant-opportunity-report/ https://ibio.org/jan2020-federal-grant-opportunity-report/#respond Thu, 09 Jan 2020 20:28:34 +0000 https://ibio.org/?p=4738 iBIO has partnered with G2G Consulting to identify SBIR/STTR and other Government Non-Dilutive Grant opportunities for iBIO Members. Our goal is to increase funding opportunities in Illinois and the utilization of federal grants to support research and small company creation.

Every month we will provide a Government Bioscience Grants Report. This month’s report is published and available for iBIO members to access through G2G’s website:

Password: G2GBio17 (case sensitive)

 

Here are some things to take note of in the January GBG Report:

  1. Bioenergy (p4, #9)- The DOE released a pre-announcement soliciting proposals focused on the Genomic Science program.(https://genomicscience.energy.gov). In this FOA, applications are requested for: 1. Systems-level research to improve understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying bioenergy feedstock productivity under changing and at times suboptimal environmental conditions; and 2. Systems biology-enabled investigations into the role(s) of microbes and microbial communities (including rhizosphere consortia, e.g. bacteria, fungi, diazotrophs, endophytes, viruses) in supporting plant productivity and vigor.
  2. Animal and Biological Materials (p24, #60)- This FOA encourages grant applications for national Animal and Biological Material Resource Centers. These Centers provide support for special colonies of laboratory animals, as well as other resources such as informatics tools, reagents, cultures (cells, tissues, and organs) and genetic stocks that serve the biomedical research community in a variety of research areas on a local, regional, and national basis. The important mission of the projects described by this FOA is to provide research resources, which are facilitating the optimization and enhancement of scientific rigor, transparency and experimental reproducibility of biomedical research.

January  GBG Topic Areas:

  • Aging (4)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease (3)
  • Amytrophic lateral sclerosis (1)
  • Bioenergy (1)
  • Biomedical Product Development (1)
  • Blast Exposure Model (1)
  • Bone Marrow Failure (1)
  • Broad Agency Announcements (12)
  • Cancer (11)
  • Central Nervous System (2)
  • Developmental Biology (2)
  • Diabetes (6)
  • Down Syndrome (5)
  • Genetics (1)
  • Global Health (2)
  • Heart, Lung and Blood (1)
  • Infectious Disease (1)
  • Maternal Health and Pediatric Care (1)
  • Neurofibromatosis (1)
  • Neurological Disorders (1)
  • Neuroscience (3)
  • Quantum (1)
  • SBIR/STTR (1)
  • STEM (1)
  • Therapeutics (1)
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (1)
  • Wound Healing (1)
  • Other (2)
]]>
https://ibio.org/jan2020-federal-grant-opportunity-report/feed/ 0
iBIO 2020: PROMOTE.CONNECT.ENGAGE https://ibio.org/ibio-2020-promote-connect-engage/ https://ibio.org/ibio-2020-promote-connect-engage/#respond Thu, 09 Jan 2020 19:41:20 +0000 https://ibio.org/?p=4720 Happy New Year!

Our community achieved a lot in the past decade, renew your iBIO membership and help us kick off a new decade of growth for the Illinois Life Sciences Industry.

We are continuing to expand opportunities to our members to promote the industry, build member connections and engage in building our community. 

  • Access to the Business Solutions Program, providing substantial savings by aggregating the purchasing power of over 4,100 life sciences companies nationwide. Last year iBIO Members saved over $1 million on supplies and services using our Business Solutions Program.
  • Monthly Happy Hour programs connecting community members. 
  • iBIO Member Programs: iBIO Members have the opportunity to propose and host thought leadership programming. Online submissions now open.
  • iBIO CONNECT Partnering: iBIO CONNECT Partnering is a customized partnering and networking forum that brings together large pharmaceutical, biotechnology, nutrition, medical device or diagnostics companies with early-stage companies, venture funds, academic and research institutions throughout Illinois.
  • Monthly Job and Grant Reports. Through iBIO’s partnerships we offer our members monthly reports tracking non-dilutive grant opportunities and employment reports.
  • iBIO NewsBrief: iBIO’s daily newsletter is sent to a list of over 2,000 professionals in the Illinois Life Sciences Community. Members can submit articles and events to be included in the iBIO NewsBrief.
  • Participate in our STEM Programming: Inspire girls’ interest in STEM by telling your story. IBIO Members can sign up to volunteer as as STEM Career Speaker.
  • Join a Member Working Group: iBIO member committees focus on key issues impacting to Illinois life sciences community, and will help inform programming and policies on these major issues.
  • Engage with our policy efforts in Springfield and DC by participating in a Fly-in and meet with policymakers interested ingrowing the industry in Illinois: 2020 Rare Disease Day, 2020 Researcher Springfield Fly-In, 2020 Medtech DC Fly-in, 2020 BIO DC Fly-In.

iBIO membership provides access to promote industry thought leadership, connect with an unparalleled network of innovative companies and engage in professional development and industry growth. For more information on our membership levels and to renew your membership for 2020, visit our membership page.

Thank you for your continued support of iBIO and helping us grow the Illinois Life Sciences Industry. 

– John Conrad

 

]]>
https://ibio.org/ibio-2020-promote-connect-engage/feed/ 0
New iBIO Member Benefit: Brex Corporate Card with Tailored Rewards for Life Sciences https://ibio.org/new-ibio-member-benefit-brex-corporate-card-with-tailored-rewards-for-life-sciences/ https://ibio.org/new-ibio-member-benefit-brex-corporate-card-with-tailored-rewards-for-life-sciences/#respond Sun, 05 Jan 2020 22:14:44 +0000 https://ibio.org/?p=4714 Brex is the BIO Business Solutions preferred partner for corporate credit card services and is offering BIO and iBIO members an exclusive sign-up bonus and waived card fees for life. Brex empowers its life sciences customers to spend less time on end of month closes and more time on life changing R&D. The card offers streamlined reporting functions, rewards and unmatched controls including; no personal guarantee requirements, tailored rewards such as 3x points multipliers on lab equipment. Points can be redeemed as cash back to pay down statement balance, book travel or transfer miles to select partner airlines. 

Full member benefits:

  • 60,000 point signup bonus ( $600 value)
  • Waived card fees for life ($60p/card p/year)
  • Tailored rewards and points with 3x on lab supplies, 7x on conference registrations, and 4x on travel
  • 5-minute application process (completely online) with instate access to virtual cards
  • No personal guarantee or collateral requirements

Contact a Brex representative at bio@brex.com.

Business Solutions Program

Through its partnership with the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the international organization that represents the biotechnology industry, iBIO offers its members the opportunity to take advantage of several of the BIO Business Solutions® programs. With more than $570 million in annual sales, BIO Business Solutions® aggregates the purchasing power of over 4,100 biotech companies from North America. Companies of all sizes save substantial money each year through its group savings program.

Learn more about the program

]]>
https://ibio.org/new-ibio-member-benefit-brex-corporate-card-with-tailored-rewards-for-life-sciences/feed/ 0
iBIO Applauds the Full Repeal of the Medical Device Tax https://ibio.org/ibio-applauds-the-full-repeal-of-the-medical-device-tax/ Fri, 20 Dec 2019 13:39:23 +0000 https://ibio.org/?p=4705 Days before it was going to go into effect, both houses of Congress have now passed the 2020 federal spending package, which includes a provision to permanently repeal the 2.3% medical device excise tax.

iBIO applauds the full repeal of the medical device tax which chills innovation, reduces employment, slows hiring plans, and freezes capital investments. The Tax Foundation recently estimated that if the tax were to go back into effect, it would lead to a loss of  21,390 full-time equivalent jobs and a reduction in of $1.7 billion in the gross domestic product.

The medical device tax disproportionately hurt early stage companies when it was collected previously, particularly those seeking FDA approval for their flagship device, as well as patients, who were forced to wait longer for critically necessary devices to reach the market.

The tax had been suspended twice for a total of four years since 2016, but its continued existence kept medical device innovators from making plans with longer or unclear payback periods.

Illinois is home to a growing medical technology industry that directly supports an estimated 12,000 jobs and contributes $5.2 billion to total economic activity. Full repeal of the medical device tax provides Illinois’ medical technology innovators the clarity to prioritize investment in jobs and R&D and bring the next generation of medical products to the market to help patients live longer, better lives.

iBIO would like to thank the support and tireless work of our elected officials in supporting the repeal of the medical device tax: Senator Tammy Duckworth, Congressman Brad Schneider, Congressman Mike Bost, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Congressman Rodney Davis, Congressman Adam Kinzinger, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, Congressman Darin LaHood, Congressman John Shimkus

]]>
End of Year Federal Grant Opportunity Report https://ibio.org/december-federal-grant-opportunity-report/ Thu, 19 Dec 2019 14:10:55 +0000 https://ibio.org/?p=4697 iBIO has partnered with G2G Consulting to identify SBIR/STTR and other Government Non-Dilutive Grant opportunities for iBIO Members. Our goal is to increase funding opportunities in Illinois and the utilization of federal grants to support research and small company creation.

Every month we will provide a Government Bioscience Grants Report. This month’s report is published and available for iBIO members to access through G2G’s website:

Password: G2GBio17 (case sensitive)

GBG Topic Areas:

Addiction/Substance Abuse (2)
Alzheimer’s Disease (2)
Broad Agency Announcements (12)
Cancer (4)
Cellular Biology (1)
Cybersecurity (2)
Diabetes (1)
Genetics (5)
Global Health (1)
Hemorrhage Diagnosis (3)
Immunology (1)
Infectious Disease (1)
Maternal Health (1)
Mental Health (1)
Neurological Disorders (1)
Regenerative Medicine (1)
STEM (1)
Therapeutics (1)

 

]]>
Thank you for making 2019 a great year for iBIO https://ibio.org/thank-you-for-making-2019-a-great-year-for-ibio/ Thu, 19 Dec 2019 14:07:05 +0000 https://ibio.org/?p=4688 iBIO Members,

As 2019 is winding down, I would like to thank you for making this a pivotal year for our community

Last year iBIO announced our new structure and mission focused on promoting, connecting and engaging the life sciences community to drive discovery, transform lives through groundbreaking research and grow the Illinois economy.

Here are some of the highlights and achievements from this past year, and a look forward to some new initiatives for 2020.

PROMOTE

  • iBIO Website: our new website launched this year reflecting our updated mission and structure, and included an online advocacy center & toolkit.
  • 2019 State of the Industry Report: this spring iBIO released our 2019 State of the Industry report highlighting the growth and evolution of our community.
  • Value of STEM Education & STEM Based Careers to more than 570 girls in grades 3-8 who participated in the StellarGirls after school program and our STEMgirls Camps.

CONNECT

  • iBIO Economic Blueprint: Governor Pritzker adopted the key recommendations from iBIO’s economic blueprint into Illinois 5 year economic plan for the Life Sciences Industry, and Mayor Lightfoot announced life sciences as a key growth sector for Chicago’s Economic Plan.
  • Policymaker roundtable and tours: This year, in addition to two DC Fly-in programs, iBIO coordinated 9 roundtables and tours connecting our policymakers in DC and Springfield to the innovative companies in Illinois.
  • Monthly Federal Grant Reports. iBIO has partnered with G2G Consulting to identify SBIR/STTR and other Government Non-Dilutive Grant opportunities for iBIO Members.
  • StellarGirls Facebook Portal. This year we launched our facebook page for StellarGirl teachers, connecting the teachers to share training videos, best practices and timely industry articles to include in their programs.
  • Business Solutions Program:The Business Solutions Program is a collaboration with the national BIO organization. In 2019 the program provided over $1 million in savings for iBIO’s members, and this year we added a new program Brex Life Sciences Corporate Credit Card. Providing iBIO Members additional savings on lab equipment purchases and convention registrations.

ENGAGE

  • Proactive Policies: iBIO worked with DCEO and policymakers to introduce legislation to update Illinois SBIR matching program, and iBIO joined patient groups and our partners to support proactive EXPERT legislation.
  • Policy Opposition: iBIO issued Op-Ed’s and testified against legislation that would impact the innovative ecosystem in Illinois and our member companies ability to operation.
  • STEMgirls Camp: This year we had over 100 industry volunteers participate in the STEMgirls Camp. We are looking for 2020 StellarGirls & STEMGirls camp volunteers.

Next year iBIO will be introducing some new initiatives including: Springfield Scientiest Fly-In, Future of Healthcare, Happy Hour Networking, iBIO Leadership Awards for policymakers in DC and Springfield, and iBIO CONNECT – a customized program connecting companies to discuss partnerships, licensing opportunities and/or M&A deals.

Our work would not be possible with out the support of our members. Thank you for making 2019 a great year.

Happy Holidays,

John Conrad

Renew Your Membership for 2020

 

]]>
Life Sciences Named as Key Growth Cluster in Mayor Lightfoot’s Economic Plan for Chicago https://ibio.org/life-sciences-named-as-key-growth-cluster-in-mayor-lightfoots-economic-plan-for-chicago/ Tue, 10 Dec 2019 12:53:05 +0000 https://ibio.org/?p=4639 Last night in a speech at the Economic Club of Chicago, Mayor Lightfoot discussed her 10 year economic development strategy for Chicago focusing on seven industry clusters.

The clusters are split into two main categories. Foundational clusters includes industries like manufacturing, food processing, and professional and corporate services. The second cluster are growth industries like technology, tourism and healthcare and life sciences. Specific details on the economic plan have not been release yet.

Chicago is home to world class academic research institutions with a growing focus of translating research into new companies. These new enterprises will drive growth in our community. It takes a complex web of resources to ensure that new companies can form and succeed while remaining in our community. To support their growth, state, local and private sector resources need to be realigned to increase investment into needed infrastructure expansions and to increase access to early-stage capital. iBIO’s State of the Industry Report released in March, outlines a roadmap for future growth in the life sciences industry.

iBIO commends Mayor Lightfoot for identifying the Life Sciences Industry as a key growth industry for Chicago and we look forward to working with the Mayor and her staff on the continued growth of our life sciences community.

For more information, read Greg Hinz article “Here’s how Lightfoot aims to reboot Chicago’s economy

]]>
CLP Spinout Rounds Third Base with New Treatment for Metastatic Cancers and Fibrosis https://ibio.org/clp-spinout-rounds-third-base-with-new-treatment-for-metastatic-cancers-and-fibrosis/ Wed, 04 Dec 2019 13:07:47 +0000 https://ibio.org/?p=4632 Veteran entrepreneurs and cofounders of Actuate Therapeutics, Inc., Daniel Schmitt and Andrew Mazar, PhD, are taking no chances with their lead clinical candidate 9-ING-41, a promising new treatment for advanced and drug-resistant cancers and select inflammatory diseases.

Read the rest of this article

]]>