Northwestern Industry Connections
NU Licensing Opportunities
INVO manages Northwestern University's invention disclosure, assessment, patenting and marketing processes. To request marketing materials, contact Sonia Kim, PhD, Manager of Marketing and Industry Partnerships.
View available NU technologies by searching our NU TECHNOLOGY PORTFOLIO.
View NU's TECHNOLOGY PIPELINES (Drug Discovery, Energy, Medical Devices, Nanotechnology and Materials, Research Tools, and Software)
Research Collaboration and Sponsored Research
Northwestern University Corporate Relations works with business leaders to provide access to the University’s talent, research, and resources. Our relationship managers offer broad-based institutional knowledge and an in-depth understanding of University connections and opportunities. This makes navigating Northwestern’s schools, centers, and campuses both manageable and effective.
The Northwestern McCormick Office of Corporate Relations (MOCR) serves to connect industry with the McCormick School of Engineering as well as other university communities to form mutually beneficial relationships for research, education and recruiting. The MOCR facilitates these relationships through personal service, dialogue and managing the connectivity between the University and the business community.
Drug Discovery Resources
The Center for Developmental Therapeutics (CDT) was established to rapidly and efficiently advance novel therapeutic interventions from basic research to the clinic. The CDT is one of the first academic-based drug development centers that bridges all aspects of translational research in a single entity including early drug discovery, mechanistic research, pre-clinical development and translation into the clinic. Any questions may be directed to CDT's Director, Andrew Mazar, PhD.
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. Some of the core facilties that may of greatest relevance for BIO attendees are listed below. For general questions, contact the Director of the Core Facilities, Philip Hockberger, PhD.
- Center for Advanced Molecular Imaging (CAMI)
- The Developmental Therapeutics Core (DTC)
- DNA / RNA Delivery Core
- ChemCore, part of the Center for Molecular Innovation and Drug Discovery (CMIDD)
- Proteomics Center of Excellence
- Quantitative Bioelemental Imaging Center (QBIC)
Northwestern Medicine and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center are launching a discipline-defining research program to unite and expand Northwestern's investment in developmental therpeutics. NMDTI will act as a center to optimize Northwestern's partnerships with peer institutions and biotechnology, device, pharmaceutical, and theranostic companies. NMDTI will focus on bringing life-changing discoveries from the laboratory to Northwestern's patients as quickly and safely as possible. Francis J. Giles, MD will lead NMDTI as Director starting in April 2013.
NU boasts of over 50 faculty startups in the following areas: Biotech/Biomedical; Communication & IT; and Physical Sciences/Nanotechnology.
Translational Research & Clinical Trials
The NUCATS Institute is an integral link in Northwestern University’s clinical and translational research enterprise, accelerating translational innovation by providing research teams with consultative resources and expertise. Contact Jim Bray with any inquiries.
Universities, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies who want to host a clinical trial at Northwestern Medicine should contact Tom Hancko.
University Career Services is a centralized office on campus that serves undergraduate and graduate students from across academic areas as well as alumni. Please visit their website to find ways to connect with employer services.
McCormick Office of Career Development (MCD) offers a variety of programs and services that provide career advice and integrated learning to all McCormick students. MCD can help an industry partner determine an effective strategy in recruiting students at McCormick, including:
- Reviewing and offering feedback on a job description
- Posting positions to our secure on-line database, McCormickConnect
- Referring students who meet your criteria for your consideration
- Scheduling your company information sessions & on-campus interviews
Helping you decide what job fairs and interview day events to attend
Their goal is to help industry connect with Kellogg MBA students in the most efficient and effective manner. There are a variety of opportunities for this connection, including on-campus recruiting, networking events, corporate presentations, participation in educational events.
The Master of Science in Biotechnology Program (MBP) prepares biologists, chemists, and engineers for careers in the biotechnology industry. The MBP is distinguished from other M.S. in Biotechnology programs by the integration of biology and engineering, combined with extensive hands-on research, as well as training in technology commercialization which covers topics such as intellectual property, economics, project management, regulatory, and ethical issues in biotechnology. Furthermore, by building coaches and industry experts into our curriculum we train students in valuable workplace skills like communication, critical thinking, and collaboration.
The MBP has several opportunities to engage with our students, including virtual or remote events, in addition to interactions with students on campus. The program also has a full time Industrial Liaison to help you navigate partnership opportunities within the MBP.
To succeed in the fast moving, highly entrepreneurial and complex environment in life sciences, scientists must have business savvy and managers, science-savvy, for the greatest impact on their organizations. Kellogg School of Management provides outstanding programs for both scientists and managers in the industry to complement and enhance their leadership capabilities. For more information, contact Prof. Sangeeta Vohra, Academic Director, Kellogg Science & Business initiatives.