Nature-inspired scientific innovation

The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University delivers the future of nature-inspired scientific innovation today for the betterment of human health, community safety and global sustainability.


A legacy of impact

Our scientists have created a therapy against the Ebola virus, discovered an early diagnostic for breast cancer and provided data that brought potentially harmful chemicals in personal-care products to light.

As the premier scientific research institute in the nation’s fastest-growing research university, Biodesign’s impact is accelerating. These are just a handful of ways our research is answering today’s challenges.

$2.9 billion

By 2023, Biodesign’s estimated annual impact on Arizona’s economy will reach $2.9 billion.

$760 million

Biodesign has attracted over $760 million in funding from grants as well as philanthropic and industry sources.

200+ projects

Scientists at Biodesign are undertaking research in over 200 active research projects.

Clinical Testing Laboratory

When COVID-19 appeared in Arizona, we sprang into action to protect our community. Biodesign’s Clinical Testing Lab created the first saliva-based COVID-19 PCR test publicly available in the U.S. Today, the lab tracks critical COVID-19 trends and partners with the state to provide public testing.

Spotlight: Award-winning experts

Michael Lynch is the director of the Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution and Principal Investigator for the new NSF-funded Biological Integration Institute for Mechanisms of Cellular Evolution.

Lynch wins lifetime achievement award

Michael Lynch is the winner of the 2022 Genetics Society of America Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal.

Lim receives faculty research award

Efrem Lim is the recipient of the ASU Alumni Association’s 2022 Faculty Research Achievement Award for sequencing and tracking SARS CoV-2 variants for the state since the start of the pandemic.

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named Arizona State University professors Stephen Munk and Bertram Jacobs to the February 2022 of Senior Members.

ASU researchers named Senior Members of the National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named Arizona State University Deputy Director Stephen Munk and professor Bertram Jacobs to the February 2022 class of Senior Members.

Connections leads to innovation

Biodesign is home to researchers from a variety of disciplines who come together to tackle some of humanity’s most complex challenges. Learn more about our ongoing work in the following areas of focus.

At the Biodesign Institute, we are committed to catching disease before it catches us. We are finding creative and clean solutions for energy, air and water. We are inventing diagnostics and treatments that are accessible and affordable. We are growing next-gen researchers who will do the impossible.

Joshua LaBaer, 2022 Executive Director, Biodesign Institute