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Collaborative Gene and its impact on Life Science Ecosystem Development: An Arizona Business Case

June 5, 2017 | Blog

On May 12, 2017, Governor Doug Ducey signed Arizona’s $9.8 billion 2018-2019 Budget which provides bonding authority for $1 billion for investments in University Research Infrastructure.    This investment continues a collaboration between the State of Arizona, Industry Leaders, Philanthropists, and Arizona’s Universities that is driving Arizona towards its goal of becoming a top-tier bioscience state. The Biotechnology Innovation Organization in partnership with TEConomy...

One Billion Reasons Why University Research Has a Brighter Future in Arizona

May 9, 2017 | Blog

At 11:01 p.m. on Thursday May 4, 2017, the Arizona Senate passed HB 2547: university infrastructure capital financing; appropriations paving the way for up to $1 Billion in bonds to expand and maintain university research infrastructure at Arizona’s public universities. HB2547 is part of a set of budget bills that make up Arizona’s $9.8 Billion Budget for the fiscal year the begins on July 1, 2017. The bill’s primary sponsor was Representative Paul Boyer (LD-20)....

A Fast Company guide to the emerging $13.4B biodesign field

March 17, 2017 | Blog

In the latest issue of Fast Company, Meg Miller highlights the important "need to know" efforts of the $13.4 Billion Biodesign Industry.  Biodesign "will rely on designers as much as scientists," she writes.  While the definition of biodesign is still being shaped because it's a new field, she equates it with synthetic biology, or bioengineering. From the Fast Company article:  WHAT IS BIODESIGN? Put simply, biodesign is the intersection between biology and design: It’s...

Zika test among ASU research highlights for 2016

January 3, 2017 | Blog

A roundup of some of the university’s top stories of 2016 It was a year of big headlines for both the nation and Arizona State University. As the world has been faced with new challenges — and opportunities for new solutions — ASU has found innovative ways to help the communities it serves. The university’s faculty, staff and students have made advancements in health, space exploration, robotics and more, all while expanding access to education and extending compassion to...

Flawed Research Tool Leads To Faulty Medical Findings

September 29, 2016 | Blog

This article originally appeared on NPR.org Researchers trying to understand diseases and find new ways to treat them are running into a serious problem in their labs: One of the most commonly used tools often produces spurious results. More than 100 influential scientists met in California this week and agreed on a strategy to address the troubling issue. The tool in this case is a process — the use of custom-built antibodies. Like the antibodies in your body that help fight off...

The Lab Aquatic

August 30, 2016 | Blog

If you have been around the third floor of wing A in Biodesign lately, you have probably noticed the new 100-gallon saltwater aquarium. This may bring some welcome stress relief to the workplace as the new school year gets underway. The real purpose of the aquarium though, is purely scientific. Associate professor Carlo Maley of the Biodesign Institute Center for Personalized Diagnostics recently had the aquarium set up in his new lab space with snails, shrimp and crabs, followed later by...

Tracking water contamination

August 17, 2016 | Blog

A new environmental monitoring device has been pioneered by Rolf Halden's Center for Environmental Security. Rolf Halden's innovative in situ sampler was recentlly featured in Environmental Monitor, a trade magazine for environmental professionals.  Here's the article below:  "For common water quality parameters like pH or dissolved oxygen, there are plenty of devices out there to measure them. For low-level contaminants like pesticides, however, the...

Eradication of Zika Virus Funding

July 26, 2016 | Blog

Congress is in the midst of its seven-week summer recess period. Although the break coincides with the height of mosquito season, no legislation was passed in regards to the emerging Zika virus concerns. This was not for a lack of proposals on the matter, but rather for the differences between them. The accompanying infographic shows a comparison of what was requested by the President in February, and what was proposed in May in the Senate (S.A. 3900) and in the House of...

Urban Metabolism

May 20, 2016 | Blog

What can a wastewater treatment plant tell us about the health of a population? Despite having a bad reputation for being the smelly place at the end of the pipeline, wastewater treatment plants are flush with a wealth of human health information. Rolf Halden, PhD, professor and director of the Biodesign Center for Environmental Security at Arizona State University can use the input and output from wastewater treatment plants to determine the health, lifestyle and consumption of a...

Zika and Dengue

May 11, 2016 | Blog

Female mosquitoes have vampiristic tendencies. Their unquenchable thirst for blood drives them to hastily hunt for their next human meal. Once the mosquito lands on its host, it punctures the flesh and inserts its straw-like mouth below the skin, releasing saliva that prevents the blood from clotting. It then proceeds to probe around for a nearby blood vessel to feed from. When mosquitoes perform this routine survival act, they are simultaneously spreading diseases through human populations....