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Proofreading the book of life: gene editing made safer

April 23, 2019

The advance of science is something like the wandering of an explorer through an uncharted jungle. Often, the dense undergrowth can seem impenetrable, but at certain privileged moments, a clearing opens, and an entirely new landscape emerges.                                    Something like this is occurring in the...

LaBaer start-up selected for Flinn Foundation Entrepreneurship Program

March 19, 2019

Ordinatrix, a startup company launched by Biodesign Institute Executive Director Joshua LaBaer, is one of six bioscience firms from Phoenix and Tucson selected to participate in the Flinn Foundation’s 2019 Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program. Ordinatrix, a Phoenix-based company, will receive $30,000 in funding support and program services through a nonprofit partner. The services include “a professionally developed, yearlong plan specific to the needs of the company, helping them...

Nobel Prize 2018 elevates awareness of immunotherapy research

December 10, 2018

Researchers at the Biodesign Institute are searching for new ways to diagnose, treat – and even cure – cancer patients using processes related to immunotherapy. According to the National Cancer Institute, immunotherapy is “a type of therapy that uses substances to stimulate or suppress the immune system to help the body fight cancer, infection, and other diseases.” The burgeoning field of immunotherapy was recently recognized at the highest level with the announcement of the 2018...

Escape from the lab! Six promising biotech start-up companies profiled at all-day symposium

October 1, 2018

  ASU’s many laboratories are seedbeds for an astonishing variety of new ideas. But the path from basic research to real-world applications can be complex, perilous and sometimes, bewildering. Recently, an all-day seminar, hosted at the Biodesign Institute, explored an array of promising research that has escaped the confines of the lab. New spinout companies, based on pathbreaking research, are bringing exciting innovations in the life sciences to market. The gathering was...

Why Biodesign executive director Josh LaBaer is optimistic about cancer, part of ‘A Sip of Science’ series

May 10, 2018

ASU Biodesign Institute executive director Josh LaBaer hosted more than 50 community members May 6 at BLD restaurant in Chandler. LaBaer, a leading cancer researcher and also the executive director of the Biodesign Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics, walked the crowd through the latest advances in his field. The conversation was the fifth event in Biodesign’s new “Sip of Science” series, which brings top scientists to local restaurants for an open dialogue about...

Biodesign researchers featured in breast cancer foundation's national campaign

October 18, 2017

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation funds more than 275 researchers across 15 countries and six continents. Biodesign Institute executive director Joshua LaBaer, M.D., Ph.D., was asked to play a prominent role in BCRF’s international awareness campaign. As a BCRF grant recipient, LaBaer was selected for his work in identifying genes that are especially important on particularly aggressive types of breast cancer – and for his personal advocacy for breast cancer research: LaBaer's own...

Hear about the latest in breast cancer research

September 11, 2017

Biodesign Institute researcher and Mayo Clinic oncologist Dr. Karen Anderson was recently featured on "BCRF Conversations," the official podcast of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Anderson has had a long interest in breast cancer vaccine development, with a long-range goal to deliver vaccines to reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence after surgery. Her research focuses on how the immune system can be harnessed to detect and alter cancer development.  In the podcast, she...

ASU engineer working to develop disposable point-of-care sensor

June 5, 2017

As an electrical engineer, Associate Professor Jennifer Blain Christen has spent a good portion of her career dabbling in different fields. Her enthusiasm for exploring new and different ways of applying electrical engineering earned her the funding to leverage her expertise to create an innovative new diagnostic tool. The project aims to develop a disposable, point-of-care biosensor for rapid diagnosis and health monitoring, supported by a four-year, $1.8 million Smart and Connected...

The future of personalized medicine

January 13, 2017

The 21st century’s barrage of new technologies has revolutionized the ways doctors practice medicine in the clinic and in their laboratories.   The rate of change is only expected to get faster, and so it is difficult for today’s medical experts to accurately depict the future of health care. There are some ideas however, that clinicians hope to see continue into the next frontier of medicine.   One of these emerging ideas is personalized medicine. While there has...

The Future of Personalized Medicine

January 5, 2017

Karen Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biodesign Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics; Amy Foxx-Orenstein, D.O., Director, Mayo Clinic Arizona Weight and Wellness Solutions Program; and Heather M. Ross, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, ASU School for the Future of Innovation in Society and ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation Personalized medicine promises to transform health and health care in the 21st century with new approaches to diagnosing and...