The Polsky Center collaborates with an extensive network of commercial and venture contacts, building relationships and establishing connections that are essential to successfully advancing innovation within the University and the region.

Our researchers generate new knowledge and solutions to significant societal challenges. Their long history of breakthroughs includes discovering the link between cancer and genetics, establishing revolutionary theories of economics, and developing tools to produce reliably excellent urban schooling. Most recently, their discoveries and technologies are developing life-saving cancer therapeutics, improving disease diagnostics, increasing quality of education and training, creating green tech energy solutions, and more.

The Polsky Center works closely with researchers and with companies and business leaders to advance that research, helping to get it out into the market for the benefit of society. The Polsky Center develops partnerships and licenses with companies and business leaders to create mutually beneficial relationships dedicated to advancing development of therapeutics and technologies with potential.

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The University of Chicago and AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, have entered into a five-year collaboration agreement designed to improve the pace of discovery and advance medical research in oncology at both organizations...

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Working with the Polsky Center

The Polsky Center works closely with members industry partners in order to build new partnerships and expand existing strategic external partnerships to advance the research enterprise at the University of Chicago. Our teams have experience with establishing and managing long-term, cross-functional, win-win collaborations with industry partners. We also have committed space and resources for corporate partner co-location enabling proximity and access to collaborators, multidisciplinary talent, and innovation ecosystem.

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The Polsky Center is proud to have supported many successful startups incuding Braintree, Grubhub and Foxtrot. This is more placeholder text about successful startups Polsky helped grow and develop.

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2 Startups Awarded $175,000 Each to Further Develop Cancer Treatment Technologies

Alnair Therapeutics and Riptide Therapeutics have been awarded investments from the George Shultz Innovation Fund to further develop their cancer treatment technologies. Both will receive $175,000 investments from the Fund.…

Riptide Therapeutics Awarded $175,000 From George Shultz Innovation Fund

The George Shultz Innovation Fund (GSIF), managed by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, recently selected Riptide Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical startup led by University of Chicago and Northwestern University…

Alnair Therapeutics Awarded $175,000 From George Shultz Innovation Fund

The George Shultz Innovation Fund (GSIF), managed by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, recently selected oncology startup Alnair Therapeutics as a Fall 2022 cohort award winner. The company,…

Digital Health, Therapeutics Startups Selected for George Shultz Innovation Fund Finals

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago has announced the companies selected for the 2022 fall cohort of the George Shultz Innovation Fund. Managed by…

AI, Life Sciences, Quantum Tech to Get Boost as Part of the Compass Accelerator’s Latest Cohort

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to announce that six teams have been selected for the latest cohort of Compass, a deep tech accelerator program for University…

50 Companies to Pitch to Investors at DeepTechU

The DeepTechU venture conference will showcase 50 startups during the three-day virtual event May 3 to 5, giving investors an early look at cutting-edge deep tech…

Polsky Center Fall 2021 I-Corps Teams Tackle Unmet Medical Needs, Data Transparency, and Other Challenges

The Polsky Center’s fall 2021 I-Corps cohort is developing diagnostics, novel therapeutics, innovative devices, new materials, and other technologies across various industries. The Polsky I-Corps program is a 7-week highly-experiential…

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