Championing human health through team science

Building cutting-edge platforms for discovery

Training the next generation of scientific leaders

Pioneering research, treatments and diagnostics

Bringing innovations from the lab to society

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Transforming Science. Transforming Life.

Chemistry of Life Processes Institute at Northwestern University is where new cures and biomedical discoveries begin. From landmark Alzheimer’s studies to revolutionary new treatments for cancer, Parkinson’s, cardiovascular disease and addiction, CLP Institute offers new hope to millions of people around the world living with disease.

“The remarkable thing about CLP is the number of inventions that have come out of this small institute. It’s an incubator that really has no parallel.”

Teresa K. Woodruff, Thomas J. Watkins Memorial Professor of Obstetrics; Dean, The Graduate School

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INVESTING IN INNOVATION

$896K Invested in CLP Institute seed projects

$18M New external funding resulting from seed grants

IN THE PIPELINE

35 New drug candidates

31 Medical devices

9 Diagnostic technologies

BENCH TO SOCIETY

26 New companies spun out by Institute faculty

$1.5B External investments in new companies

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Diverse, engaging job opportunities await CLP trainees

Diverse, engaging job opportunities await CLP trainees

With more than 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry, preceded by a decade as an independent researcher in academia, Chemistry of Life Processes Institute’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence William Sargent shared his perspective and advice about potential science career...

CLP faculty spinout Durametrix accelerates drug discovery

CLP faculty spinout Durametrix accelerates drug discovery

A major dilemma faced by many people undergoing chemotherapy for cancer is whether the drugs will cause more harm than good. “Chemotherapeutic drugs can have serious side effects. Some of the adverse events in chemotherapy, such as heart failure, can even take as long...

CLP trainee Jennifer Ferrer aims high and finds her balance

CLP trainee Jennifer Ferrer aims high and finds her balance

Northwestern University graduate student and Chemistry of Life Processes Institute trainee Jennifer Rachel Ferrer will finish her PhD tomorrow as a joint student of Drs. Chad Mirkin (chemistry), and Jason Wertheim (surgery). She will present her research on how...

Transformative Technology and Expertise

The Institute manages eight shared research facilities. These facilities represent a $25 million investment in high‐end instrumentation and expertise and provide 50 new services that enable investigators to identify, design and refine potential new therapeutics and diagnostics and to visualize their activity in living cells and tissues. The cores’ PhD level personnel develop powerful new tools and methods to support new basic and translational research at Northwestern and across the Midwest.

Center for Advanced Molecular Imaging

Imaging resources span length scales of molecules to whole animals. Instruments include MRI, IVIS Spectrum, SPECT, and PET.

ChemCore

Medicinal and synthetic chemistry, molecular modeling and compound purification services.

Biological Imaging Facility

Photonic and electron instruments, allowing researchers to capture high-quality images and videos of their specimens.

Developmental Therapeutics Core

Operational laboratory that supports translational projects and exploratory drug development work.

High Throughput Analysis Laboratory

Instrumentation and expertise for the development and execution of high throughput biological analysis and screening.

Proteomics Core

Instrumentation and expertise to analyze proteins using mass spectrometry. Specializing in intact protein analysis.

Quantitative Bio-element Imaging Center

Quantitation and localization of bioelements using ICP mass spec, customized Hitachi HD2300 STEM for cryo-bio EM, and atomic absorption mass spectometry.

Recombinant Protein Production Core

Expression and purification of recombinant or synthetic biologics and cultivation of microbial, insect, and mammalian cells.

Transformative Technology and Expertise

The Institute manages eight shared research facilities. These facilities represent a $25M investment in high‐end instrumentation and expertise and provide 50 new services that enable investigators to identify, design and refine potential new therapeutics and diagnostics and to visualize their activity in living cells and tissues. The cores’ PhD level personnel develop powerful new tools and methods to support new basic and translational research at Northwestern and across the Midwest.

Center for Advanced Molecular Imaging

Imaging resources span length scales of molecules to whole animals. Instruments include MRI, IVIS Spectrum, SPECT, and PET.

ChemCore

Medicinal and synthetic chemistry, molecular modeling and compound purification services.

Biological Imaging Facility

Photonic and electron instruments, allowing researchers to capture high-quality images and videos of their specimens.

Developmental Therapeutics Core

Operational laboratory that supports translational projects and exploratory drug development work.

High Throughput Analysis Laboratory

Instrumentation and expertise for the development and execution of high throughput biological analysis and screening.

Proteomics Core

Instrumentation and expertise to analyze proteins using mass spectrometry. Specializing in intact protein analysis.

Quantitative Bio-element Imaging Center

Quantitation and localization of bioelements using ICP mass spec, customized Hitachi HD2300 STEM for cryo-bio EM, and atomic absorption mass spectometry.

Recombinant Protein Production Core

Expression and purification of recombinant or synthetic biologics and cultivation of microbial, insect, and mammalian cells.