Center for Translational Innovation (CTI)

NUCATS' efforts to speed preclinical translation are housed in our Center for Translational Innovation (CTI). The Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO) partnered with NUCATS to create the CTI. Despite Northwestern University's relatively small size, we have one of the most robust drug pipelines in the country because of strengths in neurosciences, oncology, immunology, and especially chemistry. NU has led all universities in the United States in life sciences income from licensing for the past several years. NU has designed and deployed a complete infrastructure for academic, therapeutic preclinical and clinical drug development.



Alicia Loffler, PhD

"The most effective way to ensure a rich and sustainable pipeline of innovations is through the creation of a culture of translation and innovation. Towards this end CTI develops programs and activities to support Northwestern’s entrepreneurial environment for faculty, staff and students."
Alicia Loffler, PhD
Executive Director of INVO
Associate Vice President for Research
Associate Director for CTI

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An overview of CTI.


The leadership and governance structure of CTI.

Funding and Services

Discover how CTI can help take your research from benchside to bedside.

Success Stories

Find out more about how researchers have used our resources and services to great success. 


Read articles related to CTI's work and impact.