Ovitt joins ASU's Biodesign Institute

Ovitt joins ASU's Biodesign Institute

July 1, 2004

June 30, 2004

Skip Derra,
(480) 965-4823 | skip.derra@asu.edu
ASU Insight, July 1, 2004


Kimberly Ovitt, 23-year veteran in public relations and communication, has joined ASU as the director of communication and public relations for the Biodesign Institute. Ovitt is moving to ASU from Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where she handled the internal and external communications of one of the 10 largest children’s hospitals in the nation.

Ovitt says the Biodesign Institute is on the leading edge of integrating research in biotechnology, nanotechnology and information technology to achieve innovations in health care, engineering and national security. She calls the position an exceptional opportunity to be part of an important initiative for both ASU and the community.

“The most exciting aspect is the potential to witness scientific advances that dramatically improve people’s health and address global challenges in medicine and environmental sustainability,” she says.

Ovitt was at Phoenix Children’s Hospital since 1995, where she directed a communication department responsible for media relations, internal/external communications, marketing, community relations, publications, advertising and audiovisual services. While at Phoenix Children’s, she oversaw a branding initiative that included a new graphic identity and development of brand messaging based on public opinion research. From 1986 to 1995, Ovitt worked as marketing/public relations coordinator for the City of Mesa’s Community Services Department.

Ovitt began her new duties at ASU on June 16.

The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University is a research and education initiative designed to integrate research in systems biology and neurobiology with advances in computing, optoelectronics, biomimetic materials and directed molecular assembly at meso- to nanoscales.Derra, with Media Relations & Public Information, can be reached at (480) 965-4823 or (skip.derra@asu.edu).


Written by: Joe Caspermeyer