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The Illinois Center for Drug and Diagnostic Development (ICOD3) is an initiative of the UIC Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences focused on accelerating the clinical translation and commercialization of promising technologies.

ICOD3 brings together faculty expertise in all aspects of clinical ophthalmology, basic and translational science with University and external advisors that have experience in intellectual property, entrepreneurship, pre-clinical and clinical stage development.

ICOD3 provides resources for faculty investigators to obtain non-dilutive funding, provide guidance in start-up company formation, development of presentations and grant proposals related to translational activities.

Explore our Development Pipeline

Pre-Clinical
Clinical

The Illinois Center for Drug and Diagnostic Development (ICOD3) is an initiative of the UIC Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences focused on accelerating the clinical translation and commercialization of promising technologies.

ICOD3 brings together faculty expertise in all aspects of clinical ophthalmology, basic and translational science with University and external advisors that have experience in intellectual property, entrepreneurship, pre-clinical and clinical stage development.

ICOD3 provides resources for faculty investigators to obtain non-dilutive funding, provide guidance in start-up company formation, development of presentations and grant proposals related to translational activities.

Services Provided:

  1. Review of faculty technologies by experienced entrepreneurs, translational scientists, IP experts, experienced private and public fund raising experts
  1. Consulting/Guidance for faculty members to develop start-up companies and obtain non-dilutive funding
  1. Coordination with business, marketing and design experts to develop commercialization plans, “pitch decks,” and coaching on presentation skills

ICOD3 would love to hear from you! If you are interested in partnering with us, providing help or guidance, have a question about our work or want to support this important endeavor, please let us know.

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Steering Committee:

Vinay Aakalu, MD, MPH
Director, ICOD3
Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, UIC

R.V. Paul Chan, MD, MSc, MBA
Chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, UIC

Mike Flavin

Michael Flavin, PhD
Visiting Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, UIC

Mark I. Rosenblatt MD, PhD, MBA, MHA
Executive Dean, UIC College of Medicine
Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, UIC

Deepak Shukla, PhD
Professor and Vice-Chair of Research, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, UIC

Jon Gortat, PhD
Assistant Director, Office of Technology Management, UIC

Peter Pfanner, MDM
Director, Innovation Center, UIC

David Zacks, MD, PhD
Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Michigan
Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder, ONL Therapeutics

James Murray, JD
Partner, ExSight Ventures

Michael Nissen, MD
Partner, ExSight Ventures