Biodesign Institute

The Biodesign Institute at ASU plays a critical role in advancing the research mission of Arizona State University, a comprehensive metropolitan university that is the second largest in the U.S. The Biodesign Institute embodies the guiding principles of the New American University, specifically, to conduct use-inspired research, fuse intellectual disciplines and value entrepreneurship.

The Biodesign Institute encompasses 554,000 square-feet of award winning, state of the art, LEED-certified building and represents Arizona's single largest research infrastructure investment in the biosciences.

Since it's inception in 2003, the institute has attracted more than $400 million in external funding. To advance its bio-inspired research mission, the Biodesign Institute has established more than a dozen different research centers, has more than 200 active research projects and 132 tenured faculty members. 

Biodesign pioneers the policies and economic analyses that will drive the adoption of new technologies for optimal healthcare delivery. On the technology front, by monitoring a person’s health through biosignatures, it is possible to gauge the disease risks he or she might be facing. This will allow clinicians to match an appropriate treatment to those identified risks. Biodesign is searching for ways to detect and predict chronic diseases like cancer, even before symptoms appear.

Another aspect healthcare challenge is addressing the global threat of infectious diseases. New variations of these diseases affect millions of lives every year. The search is for techniques to immediately develop new vaccines when a disease strain is identified. Furthermore, vaccines can be developed that significantly improve the health of newborns and children living in parts of the world without sophisticated healthcare systems.

Visit the many centers of the Biodesign Institute:

Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery
Biodesign Center for Biocomputing, Security and Society
Biodesign Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors
Biodesign Center for Bioenergetics
Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering
Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics
Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy
Biodesign Center for Innovations in Medicine
Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution
Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics
Biodesign Pathfinder Center
Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Biodesign Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics