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ASU hits milestone of 1 millionth COVID-19 test

October 8, 2021

It took many partners, workers and volunteers to provide saliva testing to public and the university community Arizona State University completed its 1 millionth COVID-19 test on Thursday, a milestone that commemorates the university’s massive effort to marshal all its resources and respond to the pandemic statewide, from Window Rock to Yuma.   ASU invented and developed enough tests to administer one to 1 in 7 Arizonans.   “The completion of the university’s 1...

Precision medicine, diagnostics and translation

October 6, 2021

Biodesign China Virtual Symposium Josh LaBaer, Biodesign Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics and Walter Hu, West China Hospital of Sichuan University will share presentations. Participants can engage in a meaningful discussion following the presentations.   This seminar is part of a virtual fall symposium, hosted by Biodesign Institute China, West China Hospital in Chengdu, and the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University.   Join...

Teamwork, innovation led to game-changing saliva tests at ASU

September 30, 2021

“Let’s go save some lives.” Seven days a week for months on end, that’s how Josh LaBaer ended his 8 a.m. meeting with the Arizona State University team that was developing a new kind of test for COVID-19. After the first month, he decided to stop saying it. “But everyone told me that I had to keep saying it,” he said. “It was something that informed every decision we made. Everything we did, the fundamental question was, ‘What will save the most number of lives?’...

SARS-CoV-2: a theme and variations

August 11, 2021

The celebrations were well underway. America seemed to be emerging from the depths of the COVID-19 crisis, following some of the darkest days in the nation’s history. A vast reduction in infections, hospitalizations, and fatalities, driven by improved therapies and above all, a suite of highly effective vaccines, had brought a collective sigh of relief. The July 4th festivities were euphorically anticipated, marking not only the nation’s independence from colonial rule but its...

AZBio awards ASU researchers for exceptional work in biosciences

September 9, 2020

This month, AZBio announced that two of their annual awards will go to outstanding Arizona State University researchers — Joshua LaBaer and Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown. AZBio is a statewide organization that is dedicated to “building the biosciences industry in Arizona by providing access to key resources, connections and information in our biosciences community.” As part of those efforts, each year AZBio recognizes scientists, educators, leaders and companies that are furthering biological...

Nimble ASU events crew supports dozens of COVID-19 saliva-testing sites

August 28, 2020

Adaptable team brings hope to Arizonans during pandemic As the COVID-19 pandemic began to make a stronghold in Arizona, Arizona State University employees began fighting back — by answering urgent calls for help and, often, by taking on completely new roles. From CEO to directing site operations, from managing campus events to learning new software and training others how to use it, and from preparing for Homecoming to preparing remote sites for COVID-19 testing, ASU employees are...

ASU develops state’s first saliva-based COVID-19 test

May 29, 2020

In an effort to make COVID-19 diagnostic testing easier and more readily available to Arizonans, researchers at Arizona State University have developed the state’s first saliva-based test. “This new saliva-based test will be a real game-changer for those individuals who want to know whether or not they have an active COVID-19 infection,” said ASU Biodesign Institute Executive Director Joshua LaBaer, who leads ASU COVID-19 research efforts. “As we return to the workplace, schools...

Biodesign C shines in copper awards

May 28, 2020

Traveling down Rural Road next to Arizona State University’s Tempe campus, it’s impossible to ignore the shiny copper façade of the Biodesign Institute Building C.  The building earns accolades as a modern-day architectural marvel, with its latest win, a North American Copper in Architecture Award. Turns out, this shiny reddish metal is very green — as a sustainable building material — and has a very long history. Some of the most celebrated landmarks in the world’s...

Philanthropy: It’s not ‘all about the ‘Benjamins’

February 25, 2020

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was 14. My mom and dad sat me down at the kitchen table and said, “Look, this is going to be a challenge. Your mother has terminal cancer.” It was a stunner. My mom was 44 years old. Suddenly, the carefree days of riding my bike, playing non-stop basketball and hanging out at the gym were over. Now I spent my time trying to comprehend cancer, monitoring my mom’s illness and taking turns with my dad and my sister, flying mom from Allentown,...

ASU's Biodesign C receives top sustainability honor

October 9, 2019

The Biodesign Institute C building on the Arizona State University Tempe campus recently earned LEED platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The $120-million Biodesign C project is the fifth ASU building to receive a platinum certification, and second this year, along with the net zero energy Student Pavilion. A platinum ranking is the highest green building ranking under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design...