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New plant-based vaccine at the forefront of more efficient, affordable HPV prevention

March 12, 2019

The Gardasil vaccine advertisement flashes across the screen – you change the channel. Maybe you are a male and don’t think you are at risk of acquiring cancer from HPV, maybe you aren’t sexually active, or maybe you don’t have the resources to get the vaccine. But research shows that in addition to causing cervical cancer in women, certain strains have been linked to head and neck cancers in men. The Gardasil-9 vaccine protects against nine of the most cancer-associated strains of...

Plants produce ‘green vaccine’ against norovirus

July 25, 2018

Each year, close to 700 million people are stricken with a viral infection that causes vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain. While the majority will recover in a few days, some 200,000 infected patients will die. The culprit is known as norovirus—often referred to as 'the cruise ship illness'. Currently, no recommended treatments or vaccines are available.  In a new study, Andrew G. Diamos and Hugh S. Mason of the Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy describe a...

Biomedicine and Biotechnology

April 13, 2016

Stephen Johnston, Ph.D., Professor and Co-director, Biodesign Center for Innovations in Medicine; Hugh Mason, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biodesign Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology; and Carlo Maley, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Virginia G. Piper Biodesign Center for Personalized Diagnostics. The ASU School of Life Sciences is presenting this seminar.  

ASU professor Charles Arntzen named Fast Company’s Most Creative Person in Business

May 11, 2015

Arizona State University Biodesign Institute researcher Charles Arntzen has been chosen as the No. 1 honoree among Fast Company’s annual “100 Most Creative People in Business” for his leadership role in developing ZMapp, a therapeutic produced in tobacco to fight Ebola. “I never anticipated we would get ZMapp into human testing for another three or four years, and suddenly, the urgency of the situation in West Africa was upon us,” said Arntzen, who attended a star-studded Fast...

ASU's Biodesign Institute Honored at Governor's Celebration of Innovation Awards

November 30, 2005

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 |   At a sold-out event, Governor Janet Napolitano and Arizona’s technology leaders presented the Innovator of the Year Award for Academia to the Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology in the Biodesign Institute at ASU. Accepting the center’s award was Tsafrir Mor, whose team created a novel immune agent that elicits a protective immune response in mouse models of...