Cutting-edge research to be highlighted at first UChicago Innovation Fest

Innovation Fest

Doctors customizing health care to fit your DNA, scientists transforming cities, tech company founders, and many more University of Chicago pioneers are gathering this May for three weeks of dynamic events as part of the first UChicago Innovation Fest.

More than a dozen University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) and Biological Sciences Division (BSD) faculty are showcasing how they’re at the forefront of transforming health care at this year’s festival that kicks off May 12 and runs through June 2, with more than 35 sessions scheduled across the Windy City and UChicago’s downtown and Hyde Park campuses.

Join us to share big ideas, rub shoulders with leaders in business, healthcare, tech, and social policy, and find new collaborators.

“This event highlights how UChicago’s groundbreaking research is translated into real-world medical, commercial, and business applications that are improving the health of people in this city and around the world,” said Julian Solway, MD, and Susan Cohn, MD, Co-Directors of the University of Chicago Institute for Translational Medicine that is co-organizing the festival. “We welcome the entire UChicago and Chicagoland communities to attend, and we look forward to the new partnerships that will be sparked there.”

What started two years ago as a single week highlighting the Shark Tank-style Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC) at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation has now expanded into a city-wide celebration of cutting-edge projects to solve the major problems facing Chicago and global communities.

“The sheer number of these events is a testament to the breadth of transformational research taking place at the University,” said Steve Kuemmerle, deputy director for UChicagoTech, one of the organizations co-organizing the festival. “We are proud to highlight our researchers and bring additional attention to technologies that can have significant positive social and economic impact.”

This annual festival is led by UChicago’s innovation leaders, including the Polsky Center, the Chicago Innovation Exchange, the Social Enterprise Initiative, UChicagoTech, the Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM), and Arete. Additional sponsors include UChicago Urban, UChicago Urban Labs, and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

Find out more, including scheduled events and speakers,  from the University of Chicago Institute for Translational Medicine.

About Sara Serritella (6 Articles)
Sara Serritella is the Communications Manager at the University of Chicago Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM).
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