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New $6.4M grant to test a preventive cancer vaccine in a dog clinical trial

January 3, 2018

The Open Philanthropy Project awarded a multi-year grant of $6,421,402 to Stephen Albert Johnston at Arizona State University to support the largest interventional canine clinical trial ever conducted. The trial will assess the effectiveness of a unique vaccine in preventing any type of cancer in dogs.  The trial will enroll at least 800 owners’ pets to test the efficacy of a novel vaccine to prevent cancer. “Our goal has always been, that if this is possible, we should at least...

National Academy of Inventors announces pair of ASU researchers as 2017 NAI Fellows

December 14, 2017

Stephen Albert Johnston and Deirdre R. Meldrum honored Stephen Albert Johnston and Deirdre R. Meldrum of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University have been named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the organization has announced. Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional accolade bestowed solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible...

Immunosignature Enrollment and Starter Kit Pickup

December 14, 2017

Participation involves self-collecting a few drops of blood twice a month for four months through the winter. You can be paid $99, receive your entropy* score and some will receive a free Tdap vaccine booster. The website is now open for easy enrollment http://www.immunosignature.asu.edu. Sign up to advance our science and pick up your starter packet. Questions? Stephen.Johnston@asu.edu

Discovery's Desert Home

September 18, 2017

  Editor's note: The following story was featured in the February 15 print edition of the journal Nature.  The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University was designed to foster multidisciplinary collaboration and solve the world’s great challenges. The results speak for themselves. William Graves came to the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University (ASU) determined to change the world. The physicist had spent the past 13 years at the Massachusetts Institute of...

Diagnostics goes digital with technology conceived at ASU

February 1, 2017

Innovation is part of $400 million international Digital Life Alliance aimed at producing a personalized health guide What if your smartphone could tell you that a potential disease or illness is lurking in your immune system? What if instead of contracting diabetes, you were able to stop it before it compromised your health — maybe even before you or your physician see any outward signs? This is the driving idea behind an international group of scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs that...

ASU Sweeps the AZBio Awards

September 22, 2016

The energy in the room was high when Governor Doug Ducey addressed the hundreds that gathered last night to celebrate this year’s best leaders and scientists in Arizona’s Bioscience Industry. Among the winners were three Arizona State University innovators, recognized for their tenacity and innovation in advancing Bioscience. George Poste, an ASU Regent’s professor recognized for a lifetime of leadership, and disruption in life sciences, noted in his acceptance speech that the...

Bioindustry recognizes ASU scientists Poste and Johnston

September 8, 2016

The Arizona Bioindustry Association has selected ASU scientists George Poste and Stephen Albert Johnston for significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge and the understanding of biological processes. The association has named Poste as AZBio Pioneer Award for Lifetime Achievement and Johnston as Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year. The two will be honored at the AZBio Awards ceremony that celebrates the state’s leading educators, innovators and companies Sept. 21 at the...

11th Global Summit and Expo on Vaccines, Vaccination and Therapeutics

August 18, 2016

Charles Arntzen, Ph.D., Interim Co-director, Biodesign Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology to present a keynote on “Design and Production of Anti-Ebola Vaccines and Therapeutics” and Stephen Albert Johnston, Ph.D., Director, Biodesign Center for Innovations in Medicine, to present a keynote on “Progress Towards a Universal, Preventative Cancer Vaccine” >>Visit conference website 

Fostering North American partnerships

August 16, 2016

Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan (left), senior vice president for ASU's Knowledge Enterprise Development; Joshua LaBaer, an executive with the Biodesign Institute; and Luis Armando Kuroda of Mexico's Salud Digna and Fundación Vizcarra (right) sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Aug. 15. The MOU establishes a commitment to collaborate using ASU's undergraduate and graduate scientific researchers and Salud Digna's preventative health-care services with the goal of bringing greater...

Updates in Noninvasive Saliva Collection for Transcriptomics, Genomics and Proteomics in Oncology and Liquid Biopsy

June 16, 2016

Paul Slowey, Ph.D., CEO, Oasis Diagnostics Corporation Learn about new technologies available for noninvasive sample collection with applications for genomic assays in oncology and more. This seminar is hosted by Stephen Albert Johnston, Ph.D., ASU Biodesign Center for Innovations in Medicine. Iced tea, coffee and snacks will be provided.