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Inventive ASU faculty recognized for record-breaking year

March 10, 2016

Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE) recently celebrated a record-breaking year for the number of inventions, patents and startup companies that have come out of Arizona State University. “The purpose of this event is really to thank ASU’s inventive faculty for their innovation, creativity and hard work,” said Ken Polasko, the executive director at AzTE, ASU’s exclusive intellectual property management and technology transfer organization. During fiscal year 2015, ASU faculty...

PCocSH: A Plant-produced Human Butyrylcholinesterase Variant for Treatment of Cocaine Addiction-related Diseases

January 28, 2016

Tsafrir Mor, Ph.D., Professor, Biodesign Institute Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology Cocaine addiction affects millions of people with disastrous personal and societal consequences. Cocaine is one of the most reinforcing of all drugs of abuse. Even those who undergo rehabilitation and experience long periods of abstinence have a more than 80 percent chance of relapse. Yet there is no FDA-approved treatment to decrease the likelihood of relapse in rehabilitated addicts. The...

ASU professor Charles Arntzen named Fast Company’s Most Creative Person in Business

May 11, 2015

Arizona State University Biodesign Institute researcher Charles Arntzen has been chosen as the No. 1 honoree among Fast Company’s annual “100 Most Creative People in Business” for his leadership role in developing ZMapp, a therapeutic produced in tobacco to fight Ebola. “I never anticipated we would get ZMapp into human testing for another three or four years, and suddenly, the urgency of the situation in West Africa was upon us,” said Arntzen, who attended a star-studded Fast...

Plant-derived scavengers prowl the body for nerve toxins

November 23, 2010

The brain is forever chattering to itself, via electrical impulses sent along its hard-wired neuronal “Ethernet.” These e-messages are translated into chemical transmissions, allowing communication across the narrow cleft separating one neuron from another or between neurons and their target cells. Of the many kinds of molecules involved in this lively chemical symposium, acetylcholine is among the most critical, performing a host of functions in the central and peripheral nervous system....

ASU's Biodesign Institute Honored at Governor's Celebration of Innovation Awards

November 30, 2005

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor (480) 727-0369 | joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu   At a sold-out event, Governor Janet Napolitano and Arizona’s technology leaders presented the Innovator of the Year Award for Academia to the Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology in the Biodesign Institute at ASU. Accepting the center’s award was Tsafrir Mor, whose team created a novel immune agent that elicits a protective immune response in mouse models of...