A special thanks to our co-hosts, the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and MATTER


Cavendish in Chicago

In July 2017, we hosted our first Chicago Health Impact Forum at the University Club of Chicago, together with Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MATTER, iBIO and PROPEL at the iBIO Institute.

Convening over 140 attendees, consisting of hand-selected innovators from biohealth, impact investors, institutional leaders and industry experts, we showcased 14 early-stage biohealth companies, alongside an powerful lineup of provocative keynotes and panels, and hosted several hours of social programming and partnering time, resulting in 376 high-level meetings over two days.

Attendees convened at the University Club of Chicago for two days of powerful presentations, networking and social programming.

Our Opening Keynote Speaker

Richard L. Lieber, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer and SVP, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Dr. Lieber’s work is characterized by its interdisciplinary nature—an approach that is relevant to those who study biomechanics and Orthopaedic Surgery.  He has published over 250 articles in journals ranging from the very basic such as The Biophysical Journal and The Journal of Cell Biology to those more applied such as The Journal of Hand Surgery and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.  Dr. Lieber’s research focuses on design and plasticity of skeletal muscle.  Currently, he is developing state-of-the-art approaches to understanding muscle contractures that result from cerebral palsy, stroke and spinal cord injury.


Forum Schedule and Speakers


Tuesday  |  July 17, 2018

Wednesday  |  July 18, 2018