News & Events

Mutations boost immunity: toward a cancer vaccine

November 26, 2018

Despite significant advances in cancer research, the disease continues to exact a devastating toll. Because cancer is a disease of the body’s own cells, which mutate and develop under evolutionary pressure, conventional treatments like chemotherapy and radiation often leave behind a residue of resistant cells that go on to expand and wreak havoc. The best weapon against this implacable foe would be prevention, though to date, this has been an elusive goal. In a new study, Stephen Albert...

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...

Better vaccines through innovative DNA immunization

February 27, 2018

Proteins are central players in life processes and are among the most versatile and essential biomolecules. Structural proteins help build and repair tissue, including bones, cartilage, muscles, skin and blood. Enzyme proteins are essential to many chemical reactions, while antibodies—responsible for immune defenses against disease—consist of Y-shaped proteins produced by B cells. Other proteins subtly regulate the expression of genes and perform many other vital tasks. Adorning the...

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 Sign up to advance our science and pick up your starter packet. Questions?

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...