iBIO https://ibio.org To promote, connect and engage the life sciences community Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:23:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://ibio.org/wp-content/uploads/cropped-android-chrome-512x512-32x32.png iBIO https://ibio.org 32 32 iBIO Statement on Most Favored Nation Drug Pricing Rule https://ibio.org/ibio-statement-on-most-favored-nation-drug-pricing-rule/ https://ibio.org/ibio-statement-on-most-favored-nation-drug-pricing-rule/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:23:12 +0000 https://ibio.org/?p=6195 The Illinois Biotechnology Innovation Organization (iBIO) opposes the Trump Administration’s decision to move forward with the flawed concept of a “Most Favored Nation” policy. This inadequate regulation will dramatically affect the most vulnerable seniors and patient communities and chill investment and research at a time when our industry is working around the clock to fight COVID-19 and continue to provide patients access to innovative new therapies during a pandemic.

On November 20, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an interim final rule that would set reimbursement for 50 Part B drugs and biologics based on the international pricing data using so-called Most Favored Nation (MFN) pricing. 

The rule will test the use of MFN pricing in a demonstration that will run for seven years, beginning on January 1, 2021. MFN pricing will extend to the top 50 Part B drugs.

A recent analysis shows that the USA’s absence of price controls leads to more and newer medicines available sooner to Americans. Of the 74 cancer drugs launched between 2011-2018, 95% are available in the United States, compared with 74% in the UK, 49% in Japan, and 8% in Greece. 

And it will stifle investment in new cures. The administration’s economic advisors analyzing similar proposals found that foreign price controls would result in American patients missing out on as many as 100 new drugs over the next decade. 

iBIO member companies are working around the clock to fight COVID-19 and continue to provide patients access to innovative new therapies. Foreign price controls will make it harder for our member companies to bring these very few innovative medicines to market and chill investment into new cures and treatments. 

On behalf of the nearly 88,000 life sciences employees in Illinois, iBIO will work with our sister organizations to support policy solutions that protect innovation while addressing the price patients pay at the pharmacy counter.

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Illinois DCEO Announces Rebuild Illinois Wet Lab Capital Program https://ibio.org/illinois-dceo-announces-rebuild-illinois-wet-lab-capital-program/ https://ibio.org/illinois-dceo-announces-rebuild-illinois-wet-lab-capital-program/#respond Tue, 17 Nov 2020 13:14:22 +0000 https://ibio.org/?p=6186 The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced a $9 million Notice of Funding Opportunity to boost the development of wet labs across Illinois. 

Illinois’ life sciences community is large and continues to grow. The recent surge in venture capital investment into our startup ecosystem fuels the need for expanded access to wet lab space in our community. 

DCEO’s Rebuild Illinois Wet Lab Captial Program seeks to build on Illinois’ recent wet lab development trend. Thanks to developments by Trammell Crow Company, Sterling Bay, Rosalind Franklin, and the Illinois Science + Technology Park, our community has the highest new lab construction levels as a share of existing inventory in the nation. A total of 530,224 sq. ft. will be delivered by the end of 2020, with an additional 423,454 sq. ft. coming online in 2021.

According to DCEO, grant funds will be awarded on a competitive basis to fund the construction or renovation of facilities that house wet lab space and promote the growth of life sciences in Illinois. The grant funds are limited to capital expenses. 

Preferred project locations will be where new wet lab development is likely to act as a catalyst to the local economy due to its proximity to other life sciences companies, researchers, and educational institutions. 

DCEO will be conducting a Wet Lab Capital Program Technical Assistance Webinar on November 18, 2020, at 11 am. You can register for the webinar here

Grant applications are due by January 27, 2021. For more information and details on this grant opportunity, click here.

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Chicago-based Dimension Inx Raises $3.175M https://ibio.org/chicago-based-dimension-inx-raises-3-175m/ https://ibio.org/chicago-based-dimension-inx-raises-3-175m/#respond Wed, 11 Nov 2020 13:10:07 +0000 https://ibio.org/?p=6181 3D-Printed Implants that Repair Tissues and Organs Moving Towards FDA Approval

CHICAGO, Illinois, USA – November 10, 2020 – Dimension Inx, a next-generation biofabrication company developing regenerative medical implants that repair tissues and organs, announced that it has raised $3.175M to close its Series Seed financing round, led by KdT Ventures, a leading early-stage science venture firm, along with Better Ventures and Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund participating.

The financing will support the commercial development and FDA approval of the company’s first therapeutic implants for facial reconstruction in patients following trauma as well as those with dental malformations due to congenital defects or aging. The company expects to complete preclinical studies for FDA 510(k) submission next summer.

Dimension Inx utilizes a patented materials design and manufacturing platform to create 3D-printed implants for tissue repair and regeneration. The technology platform overcomes existing challenges in biomaterials and additive manufacturing, enabling important compositional and microstructural features not otherwise commercially feasible.

“Dimension Inx is the materials specialist of 3D bioprinting,” said Phil Grayeski of KdT Ventures. “Their approach to commercialization and regulatory approval is elegant and pragmatic, with each new product demonstrating the capabilities of their materials and informing the development and validation of their platform across broader and more complex applications in regenerative medicine. We believe the bioprinting world will be built upon the scaffolds Dimension Inx is creating, and we’re thrilled to be supporting this company.”

The company is led by CEO Caralynn Nowinski Collens, M.D., who previously led innovation accelerator UI LABS, and by CTO Adam Jakus, Ph.D., and CSO Ramille Shah, Ph.D., who spun Dimension Inx’s platform technology out of Northwestern University.

“We are incredibly fortunate to partner with investors who support our big vision and appreciate our pragmatic approach to the market, while also understanding the deep science involved in getting there,” said Dr. Collens. “We’re looking forward to advancing the science and expanding our strategic partnerships to address a much broader set of surgical applications.”

About Dimension Inx

Dimension Inx is an emerging leader in biofabrication, the next frontier in medicine. Its 3D-Painting Materials Design and Manufacturing System offers the versatility, manufacturability, and affordability necessary for widespread adoption of regenerative medical products that fundamentally change how we treat human disease and debilitation. The Dimension Inx team brings expertise in materials science and tissue engineering to partner with the world’s best clinicians and surgeons and leading medical products companies to deliver new medical solutions to patients.

About KdT Ventures

KdT Ventures is the standard for early-stage science venture investing, helping founders and their companies re-architect the world at a molecular level. KdT Ventures uses its expertise across multiple disciplines and industries to invest in and support meaningful teams applying computation to chemical and biological systems, including companies like PathAI, Dyno, Solugen, Checkerspot and 54Gene.


Header Image:  Dr. Ramille Shah and Dr. Adam Jakus, co-founders and the inventors of Dimension Inx platform technology. Ramille is handling a jar of Hyperelastic Bone – synthetic bone biomaterial; and Adam is handling a 3D-printed structure (in the shape of a pelvis) made of Hyperelastic Bone

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13 Illinois Races to Watch on Election Night https://ibio.org/13-illinois-races-to-watch-on-election-night/ https://ibio.org/13-illinois-races-to-watch-on-election-night/#respond Tue, 03 Nov 2020 12:58:44 +0000 https://ibio.org/?p=6165 The presidential election will take center stage today, but there are a number of local races to watch in Illinois. This is a critical time for our community and the state legislature plays an important part in helping our community grow. Over the past couple of years the legislature has passed bills to increase patient access to life saving medications, add rare disease experts to our Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board, and extend critical tax credits for our industry.

The races highlighted in this report were selected because the districts were won in 2018 by less than 3% of the vote, or the seat is open. Candidate responses on their top priorities for the most part focused on a few themes, the State’s response to COVID-19 and economic recovery, property tax relief and access to healthcare. Ethics reform/public corruption and public safety are also common issues for the candidates. 

iBIO does not provide endorsements or support candidates’ races or fundraisers. The information provided in this report derived from candidate websites, ilga.gov and from the Chicago Sun Times 2020 Illinois State house Candidate Questionnaires

Illinois State House

20th District

Northwest suburbs including Norridge, Park Ridge and Niles. Republican-held seat. Only district in the City of Chicago with a Republican incumbent. 

Incumbent: Brad Stephens Republican Michelle Darbro, Democrat
Background: The very popular Mayor of Rosemont Brad Stephens is facing his first re-election campaign for his seat. Serves on Approp-Elementary & Secondary Educ; Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, & IT; Health Care Licenses; Financial Institutions; Veterans’ Affairs; Mental Health committees.  Background: Firefighter and paramedic, Chicago Fire Department. BA in Environmental Studies, University of Chicago
Top Priorities include public safety, investment in workforce training and property tax relief. Top Priorities include women’s reproductive rights, property tax relief and more accessible health care. Supports increasing access to healthcare and prescription drugs. 
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Key Endorsements: Chicago Sun Times,  Key Endorsements: Chicago Labor, AFL-CIO, Chicago Teachers


41st District

West suburbs of Naperville and Warrenville. Republican-held seat, won by 4% in 2018

Incumbent: Grant Wehrli, Republican Janet Yang Rohr, Democrat
Background Serves on the House Republican Leadership Team as Assistant Minority Leader. Minority spokesperson for the House Labor & Commerce, and Cities & Villages Committees, and as a member of the Executive, Appropriations-Capital, Appropriations-General Service, Public Utilities, Mental Health and Special Investigating Committees, and on the Local Government, Business and Industry Regulations, Commerce and Innovation, Job Growth, Preservation and Training, Minority/Disadvantage Analysis, Wage Policy and Study, and Workforce Development Subcommittees. Background: Director of Global Data at Morningstar. Naperville School District 203 Board Member and Lisle Township Precinct Democratic Committeeperson. MBA in Finance, Accounting and Entrepreneurship from University of Chicago Booth School of Business. 
Top Priorities includes property tax relief, ethics reform, environmental protection, and ensuring a non-discriminatory work environment for all Illinoisans.  Top Priorities: Property tax relief, economic growth & opportunities, education, and strengthening Illinois negotiating strength and influence, including negotiation for lower prescription drug costs. 
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Endorsements: Chicago Tribune Endorsements: Governor Pritzker, Chicago Sun Times, Daily Herald, 


45th District*

Northwest suburbs of Itasca, Bartlett and Bloomingdale. 45th House District Republican nominee Michael Camerer passed away in June, Seth Lewis has stepped into the Republican ticket. Lewis has run for office previously but will start behind in fundraising and timing. Democratic-held seat won by 1.8% in 2018, Republican leaning but will swing, district voted for Hillary Clinton, Jesse White and Susana Mendoza. 

Incumbent: Diane Pappas, Democrat Seth Lewis, Republican 
Background: Precinct Committeeman for Addison Township. Serves on Prescription Drug Affordability; Appropriations-General Service; Adoption & Child Welfare; Cities & Villages; Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, & IT; Election Process & Cybersecurity. Background: State Farm Agent holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from University of Iowa
Top Priorities include economic development, health care and property tax relief.  Top Priorities include infrastructure (storm water mitigation), Budget Stability, Pandemic relief (more support for local municipalities), Property taxes, STEM education (supporting grants and scholarships to keep STEM students in state colleges)
Candidate Website: https://www.dianeforstaterep.com Candidate Website: 


Endorsements:  AFL-CIO, Illinois Federation of Teachers, Sierra Club Endorsements: Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune,  Daily Herald


47th District*

West suburbs of Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Hinsdale and Westmont. Republican-held seat, won by 3% in 2018.  Rep Mazzochi is an important voice on the Prescription Drug Affordability Committee. 

Incumbent: Deanne Mazzochi, Republican Jennifer Zordani, Democrat
Background: Life Sciences/Patent Litigation Attorney. Founding Partner, Rakoczy, Molino, Mazzochi, Siwik LLP. Background: Jennifer Zordani is a lawyer, Zordani Law (financial services, securities regulations and compliance for trading firms and traders). 
Top Priorities include addressing outdated commuter rail service, public corruption and 5G wireless. Also priorities are ending public corruption; economic recovery and growth; ethics reform; sound fiscal policy.

Mazzochi is passionate about protecting America’s innovation in the life sciences ecosystem and its access to patients

Top Priorities include small business financial assistance, ban on chemical pollutants and red light camera removal. Zordani was an outspoken community member against Sterigenics. Affordable access to healthcare and prescription drugs is also a priority, specifically “reigning in costs of prescription drugs”. Zordani has mentioned elderly community members complaining to her about prescription costs, and often attacks Mazzochi for her work with the pharmaceutical industry. 
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Endorsements: Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Daily Herald Endorsements: Congressman Casten, Congressman Quigley, AFL-CIO, Illinois Teachers, Sierra Club


51st District

Lake Zurich, Libertyville, and Lake Barrington. Democratic-held seat, won by .8% in 2018

Incumbent: Mary Edly-Allen, Democrat Chris Bos, Republican
Background: Former teacher and co-founder of an educational non-profit, Foundation46, and a founding member of the Community Consolidated School District 46 Diversity Committee. Serves on Board of Directors of the Illinois Science Olympiad. Serves on Adoption & Child Welfare; Elem Sec Ed: School Curric Policies; Energy & Environment; Human Services; Mental Health; State Government Administration; Special Issues (ACSI) Committees. Background: Director of Develop for Reclaim13 and a Trustee for Ela Township. Bos has a B.A in Pastoral Studies from Northcentral University. 
Top Priorities include assistance for businesses amid COVID-19, mental health care and investment in community colleges and vocational trades.  Top Priorities include providing tax relief and eliminating corruption
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Endorsements: Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald, Lake County Farm Bureau, AFL-CIO, UAW, Sierra Club Endorsements: Chicago Sun Times, 


54th District

Palatine, rolling Meadows and Inverness. Republican-held seat, 2018 election was decided by only 43 votes. 

Incumbent: Tom Morrison, Republican Maggie Trevor, Democrat
Background: Former small business owner – residential and commercial disaster cleanup and restoration; 5th grade teacher; radio news broadcaster; B.A. in History, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale. Committee assignments: Appropriations-General Service (Republican Spokesperson); Personnel & Pensions; Insurance; Elem Sec Ed: Adm., Lic. & Charter (Republican Spokesperson); Energy & Environment; Human Services; Special Issues Subcommittee (ESE); Local Retirement System Subcommittee; Miscellaneous Issues Subcommittee; Pension Reform Subcommittee; Property Tax Relief Task Background: Principal and Owner of Trevor Research Services, a market research consulting services firm. Also serves on the Environmental Committee and Traffic Committee for the City of Rolling Meadows. Trevor has a Ph.D. in Political Science and a B.A. in Chemistry both from University of Chicago. 
Top priorities include pension reform, property tax relief and essential business reforms we need to grow the overall Illinois economy. Top Priorities include property tax relief, higher education funding and equal rights for LGBTQ people. Also will focus on affordable & accessible health insurance. 
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Endorsements: Chicago Tribune,  Daily Herald Endorsements: Chicago Sun Times, AFL-CIO, Sierra Club


65th District

Geneva, St. Charles, and Rutland Township. Republican-held seat, won district with 4% of votes in 2018. 

Incumbent: Dan Ugaste, Republican Martha Paschke, Democrat
Background: Attorney Nyhan, Bambrick, Kinzie and Lowry Law Firm in Chicago, where he specializes in workers compensation defense. Committees served on Appropriations-Capital; Museums, Arts, & Cultural Enhancement; Labor & Commerce; Energy & Environment; Health Care Licenses; Special Investigating Comm.; Adoption & Child Welfare. Background: Currently Patient Intake Coordinator for a Psychology Practice, stay at home mom and former middle school social studies teacher and labor doula. Paschke holds a Masters Degree in teaching from Aurora University. 
Top Priorities include property tax relief, workers compensation reform and water project in Pingree Grove.  Top Priorities include mental health care, economic development and equitable school funding. Affordable access to health insurance and mental health services. 
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Endorsements: Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald,  Endorsements: Chicago Sun Times, Congressman Casten, AFL-CIO, Sierra Club


68th District

Rockford, Machesney Park, Loves Park, and Cherry Valley. Republican-held seat, won by less than 3% in 2018. 

Incumbent: John Cabello, Republican Dave Vella, Democrat
Background: Served 20 years as a police officer, the later as a detective in Rockford. Previously served as a Winnebago County Board Member for District 8 and currently works part-time for Stewart & Associates, private security and investigation services for regional businesses. Committees served on Appropriations-Capital; Appropriations-Public Safety (Republican Spokesperson); Transportation: Regulation, Roads; Labor & Commerce; Judiciary – Criminal; Qualifications Challenge Committee. Background: Attorney at Vella & Lund (criminal and civil law firm). Previously a public defender. Serves as an elected trustee for Rockford Township. 
Top priorities law enforcement, pension reform, property tax relief and essential business reforms we need to grow the overall Illinois economy. Top Priorities include K-12 Education, Crime and Jobs and the Economy. Affordable access to health insurance, assure Medicaid coverage and workplace sick leave. 
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Endorsements: NRA, Association of Fire Fighters,  Endorsements: Sierra Club, 


97th District

Plainfield and Oswego. Republican-held seat, won 2018 election by 1.8%

Incumbent: Mark Batinick, Republican Harry Benton, Democrat
Background: Commercial Real Estate Agent. 

Committee Assignments: Personnel & Pensions (Republican Spokesperson); International Trade & Commerce; Insurance; Health Care Licenses; Administrative and Substantive; Pension Reform Subcommittee.

Background: Union Ironworker for Local 444. Trustee for the village of Plainfield, Labor Caucus Director for the Young Democrats,Veteran’s Outreach of Illinois board of Directors. Political Director for Young Democrats of Will County. 
Legislative Priorities: Ending corruption. Enacting term limits. Putting the state on a stable budget path. Eliminating wasteful or unnecessary programs. Passing Stephanie’s Law which would make it harder for sex offenders to plea their way off of the sex offenders list. Top Priorities include economic development, trade and vocational programs and senior citizen’s concerns including lowering healthcare and prescription costs for residents.  
Candidate Website:


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Endorsements: Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune,  Herald News,  Endorsements: AFL-CIO, Teamsters, Sierra Club


111th District*

Metro East including Alton, Bethalto, East Alton, Edwardsville, Elsah, Godfrey, Granite City, Hartford, Madison, Pontoon Beach, Roxana, South Roxana, and Wood River. Democratic-held seat, won 2018 election by just over 300 votes. 

Incumbent: Monica Bristow, Democrat Amy Elik, Republican
Background: Spent 14 years as President of the RiverBend Growth Association, an economic development association in Madison County. Board member for the American Cancer Society. Committees Agriculture & Conservation; Economic Opportunity & Equity (Vice-Chairperson); Human Services; Mental Health; Prescription Drug Affordability; Higher Education; Veterans’ Affairs; Negotiations Subcommittee (AGCS). Background: CPA, auditor and financial advisor. Currently serves as a Foster Township Trustee and previously served as a school board member with St Mary’s Caltholic School in Alton. 
Priorities include economic development and Mental Health Awareness. On the Prescription Drug Affordability, often voiced concern about the bills but would vote to move the bills out of committee. Supported insulin cap.  Priorities include education, protecting the 2nd amendment and tax relief 
Candidate Website:


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Endorsements: Retired Teachers, NRA, TEamsters, Illinois Farm Bureau, IL- IRA Endorsements: Chicago Tribune


Illinois State Senate

25th District

Kane, Kendall and Dupage counties, including parts of Oswego and Batavia.
Incumbent: Open Seat – Historically Republican-held seat, most recently by Jim Oberweis 

State Rep. Karina Villa, Democrat Jeanette Ward, Republican
Background:  IL State Representative District 49.

Prior to being elected to the Illinois House of Representatives, Villa served on the West Chicago District 33 Board of Education since 2013. 

Karina earned a master’s degree in social work from Aurora University. She became a school social worker and has worked in the West Chicago and Villa Park school systems. 


Background: Product Manager for an International Chemical Company. M.S. Environmental Science and Health, University of Nevada, MBA, Northern Illinois University. Former U46 Board Member: Ward’s four years on the school board were at times controversial, prompted by her comments and stances on transgender students, religion, and curriculum that galvanized critics and supporters alike.
Top Priorities include essential workers’ safety in the workplace, schools and tax relief.

Previous Bills Sponsored: HB3493 (Prescription Drug Afford)

Top Priorities include pension reform, ethics reforms and repealing the Reproductive Health Act.
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Endorsements: Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald Endorsements: Associated Builders and Contractor, IL-NRA


Illinois Congressional Races

13th District

Central and southeastern Illinois, including parts of Springfield, Bloomington and Champaign. Republican-held seat, won district by .8% in 2018. 

Incumbent: Rodney Davis, Republican Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, Democrat
Three-term congressman, serves on the House Committees on Administration, Agriculture, Transportation & Infrastructure and Administration. Serves are Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research.  Londrigan has worked as a Corps Member with Teach For America and as a non-profit leader. Londrigan often discusses a medical experience with her son who had a rare, critical reaction to a tick bite.
Priorities include increased funding for ALS, jobs, economy, government accountability Priorities include gun violence, ag economy, education and healthcare (universal healthcare, drug pricing, public option, strengthening Medicare). 
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Endorsements: Chicago Tribune Endorsements:


15th District

 Central and southwestern Illinois, including Paducah, Edwardsville, and Danville. Historically republican-held seat.

The retirement of Republican Rep. John Shimkus (an iBIO John W. Maitland Award Winner) creates a vacancy, but Illinois likely will lose a U.S. House seat after the 2020 census because of the Illinois Exodus of population, and the 15th District may be the likely selection. 

Mary Miller, Republican Erika C. Weaver, Democrat
Background: Mary graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a B.S. in Business Management and also completed graduate coursework in education. She received her teaching certification from the State of Illinois. Mary and her husband Chris raised a family on a budget and have run their Oakland-based family farm for the last forty years Background: Currently a lawyer for Coles County Public Defender’s office.  After spending part of her life homeless, Weaver completed a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, Sports, & Recreation from Eastern Illinois University and then, a Master’s degree in College Student Affairs. Weaver earned her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago, while working full-tim and commuting 184 miles. 
Top priorities:  agriculture, supporting regulatory reform, and championing policies that help bring manufacturing jobs back home. Top priorities: education, access to healthcare for rural communities, economy and jobs, agriculture
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Endorsements: Chicago Tribune Endorsements: Champaign County Young Dems, AFL-CIO


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Fulton Labs + Portal Innovations Virtual Sneak Peak https://ibio.org/fulton-labs-portal-innovations-virtual-sneak-peak/ Wed, 21 Oct 2020 12:12:30 +0000 https://ibio.org/?p=6148

Fulton Labs + Portal Innovations Virtual Sneak Peak

November 10, 2020 @ 11am Central

iBIO is offering an exclusive virtual sneak peek into Fulton Labs and West End on Fulton – the first new wet and dry lab buildings built in downtown Chicago in decades, designed by one of the foremost development teams in the U.S. As you know better than anyone, Chicago’s primary opportunity for continued ecosystem growth has been new lab infrastructure, and it’s finally here.

Please join us for an interactive visualization of the new Fulton Market facilities, plus a conversation with John Flavin. John’s new biomedical startup platform, Portal Innovations, will anchor both buildings. Hear the latest developments on Portal’s work to accelerate innovation, from discovery through commercial proof of concept, for life sciences, medtech and bioinformatics companies.


iBIO EDUCATE and Goshen Education Consulting Receive Significant Grant from the U.S. Dept. of Defense for Innovative Experiential Program https://ibio.org/ibio-educate-and-goshen-education-consulting-receive-significant-grant-from-the-u-s-dept-of-defense-for-innovative-experiential-program/ Wed, 14 Oct 2020 11:51:40 +0000 https://ibio.org/?p=6137 Three-year, $2.7 million grant will support unique needs of children of active military personnel

CHICAGO and EDWARDSVILLE, IL, October 14, 2020 – iBIO EDUCATE, dedicated to inspiring the next generation of innovators and helping restore America’s leadership in technology education, and Goshen Education Consulting, a prominent STEM educational evaluation and research center, today announced that they have received a $2.7million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to design and implement novel educational experiences for up to 3,750 children in military families. Starting in 2021 and continuing for three years, the grant will enable summer camps that will be known as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics for Kids ofActive Military Personnel (STEMKAMP).

As the largest employer of scientists and engineers in the world, the Defense Department recognizes the importance of inspiring students to become STEM professionals. iBIO and Goshen Education Consulting have created the new program for third to eighth graders based on published research data showing that students who express an early interest (by eighth grade) in pursuing a STEM career are two to three times more likely to graduate with a STEM college degree.*

“Over the next decade, it is projected that 80% of jobs will require STEM skills, which makes programs like STEMKAMP all the more important,” said Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12). “I was proud to support iBIO and Goshen Education’s grant application earlier this year, and I am thrilled that they have received this funding.” Former marine Bost wrote a letter of support for the grant application. His district in southern Illinois includes Scott Air Force Base and Mascoutah school district, one of the districts that will be served through the program.

STEMKAMP will partner with 10 military-connected school districts across the United States to implement the five-day summer camps, helping young students connect critical thinking and problem-solving skills to a wide variety of STEM careers through hands-on experiences with STEM concepts and access to STEM professionals. As a result, students will develop basic laboratory skills, practice higher-order thinking skills, and gain the self-confidence and motivation to consider continuing on a path toward a STEM career.

Children of military service personnel often experience stress related to the many unknowns involved in their parents’ occupations. This includes changing school districts often, which can make it difficult to adjust to new schools with differing curriculum, instructional methods, cultural norms and climate. STEMKAMP will fill a large need by providing access to local STEM summer camps designed specifically for children in military families.

STEMKAMP is modeled after iBIO’s highly successful, nationally recognized, hands-on STEMgirls camps and, due to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, its 2020 virtual STEMfamily camp. Made possible by strong financial support from Illinois life sciences companies – Abbott, Astellas, Horizon and Lundbeck – the iBIO camps have served more than 560 third to eighth grade girls during the summers of 2016 – 2019. More than 500 kids from 27 states participated in the June 2020 virtual STEMfamily camp.

“To receive this grant, we needed to demonstrate that STEMKAMP will be sustained at each site beyond the initial three-year program,” explained iBIO Senior Vice President Ann Vogel. “We are thrilled to build on the success of our programs and bring these STEM camps to military families. We look forward to creating and coordinating a network composed of local school districts, their respective state’s BIO affiliates and other local community partners to build a strong STEM talent pipeline.”

The Department of Defense also asked iBIO and Goshen to explain how they would modify their implementation plan if COVID-19 or another pandemic required a distance-learning approach. iBIO’s 2020 STEMfamily Camp’s successes convinced the grant reviewers that STEMKAMP could adapt, if needed. Pre- and post-camp survey showed positive changes in the camps’ participants and an increased desire to pursue a STEM career.

“As the formal evaluator of the camps since their inception, my company has validated quantifiable metrics that demonstrate meaningful results by the young students,” said Matt Feldmann, Ph.D., principal researcher and owner, Goshen Education Consulting. “And as the father of two daughters who have flourished in the STEMgirls and STEMfamily camps, I saw the positive impact on my children and in my family. It is a privilege to be able to bring STEMKAMP to children in military families nationwide. I am confident  that they will benefit greatly through the hands-on approach to learning.”

Click here to see how iBIO’s 2020 STEMfamily Camp made a difference in the lives of Illinois families.

About iBIO
The Illinois Biotechnology Innovation Organization (iBIO) is a life sciences industry association that represents the nearly 88,000 life sciences employees at member companies, universities, service providers and venture firms. iBIO promotes the industry’s value to the public and policymakers; connects innovators to investment and talent; stimulates collaboration and fosters the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs to transform patient lives through groundbreaking research and works to grow the Illinois economy.

iBIO EDUCATE delivers industry-led STEM programs for teachers and students, thereby inspiring the next generation of innovators and helping restore America’s leadership in technology education. To learn more about iBIO and its programs, visit www.ibio.org

About Goshen Education Consulting
Goshen Education Consulting is a STEM educational evaluation and research center located in Edwardsville, IL. Since its founding in 2009, Goshen Education Consulting has conducted more than 60 educational evaluation and research projects. Goshen Education Consulting Inc. specializes in educational data interpretation (evaluation, research and analysis) for educational organizations in Illinois. Beyond program implementation, consulting services range from external program evaluation and ad hoc report writing to dashboard development and at-risk student identification.

Media Contacts

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Matt Feldmann, Ph.D.
Principal Researcher and Owner
Goshen Education Consulting, Inc.
(618) 751-2807

New Member Benefit: Savings On Full-Text Scientific Literature Access https://ibio.org/scientific-literature/ Tue, 13 Oct 2020 12:45:49 +0000 https://ibio.org/?p=6120

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iBIO Members Can Now Access Small Group Health Insurance Plans from Mercer https://ibio.org/ibio-members-can-now-access-small-group-health-insurance-plans-from-mercer/ Thu, 01 Oct 2020 20:38:26 +0000 https://ibio.org/?p=6092

iBIO is pleased to announce the addition of an exciting new Health Care program to our cost-savings portfolio. Through a new partnership between Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and Mercer, a leader in small group (ASG) insurance, small iBIO member companies (5-50 employees) can now offer their employees and their families affordable and high-quality health care options previously only available to large Fortune 500 companies.

BIO Small Group Health, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance Plans are designed specifically for small companies, fully insured and compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Plus, Mercer’s best-in-class web-based platform – Mercer Affinity 365+ streamlines enrollment for employees and simplifies ongoing management for your administrator.

Choose from Health, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance plans, and take advantage of:

  • Competitive premiums
  • Reduced administrative costs
  • Competitive product bundles
  • Quick and easy-to-use enrollment
  • Simple and convenient ongoing benefits management and administration

Affordable, high-quality health care plans now at your fingertips

iBIO Opposes “Lowering Drug Prices By Putting America First” Executive Order https://ibio.org/ibio_opposes_mfn/ Tue, 15 Sep 2020 23:02:16 +0000 https://ibio.org/?p=6070 The Illinois Biotechnology Innovation Organization, iBIO, opposes the Trump Administration’s decision to move forward with the flawed concept of a “Most Favored Nation” policy that will dramatically affect most vulnerable seniors and patient communities and chill investment and research at a time when our industry is working around the clock fight COVID-19 and continue to provide patients access to innovative new therapies during a pandemic.

A recent analysis shows that the absence of price controls in the U.S. leads to more and newer medicines available sooner to Americans, of the 74 cancer drugs launched between 2011-2018, 95% are available in the United States, compared with 74% in the UK, 49% in Japan, and 8% in Greece. 

And it will stifle investment in new cures. The administration’s own economic advisors analyzing similar proposals found that foreign price controls would result in American patients missing out on as many as 100 new drugs over the next decade. 

Scientist, researchers and doctors at iBIO member companies are working around the clock fight COVID-19 and continue to provide patients access to innovative new therapies, using foreign price controls will make it harder for our member companies to bring these very few number of innovative medicines to market and can chill investment into new cures and therapies. 

On behalf of the nearly 88,000 life sciences employees in Illinois, iBIO will work with our sister organizations to support policy solutions that protect innovation while addressing the price patients pay at the pharmacy counter.

John Conrad
President & CEO
Illinois Biotechnology Innovation Organization, iBIO

iBIO Friday Trivia Challenge – Sept 4 https://ibio.org/ibio-friday-trivia-challenge-sept_4/ Fri, 04 Sep 2020 13:12:16 +0000 https://ibio.org/?p=6063

Play iBIO’s weekly Science Trivia Challenge! We need to have a little fun as a community. 

Every Friday in the iBIO News Brief we will post 5 science and current events questions (from the life sciences community). The quiz will remain open through the weekend until Monday morning. 

Congratulations to Clair Maher at CG Life for winning last weeks challenge. 

Entries will be scored based on the total number of questions correctly answered. The winner will be determined by the entry with the highest score, or in the case of multiple perfect or similar scores, the winner will be chosen at random from that pool. 

The winner will be announced the following Friday and will receive a Door Dash gift card for lunch.

Click here if the quiz does not appear below.