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.

To advance its bio-inspired research mission, the Biodesign Institute has established 13 different research centers and has more than 200 active research projects. Working in an entrepreneurial culture, its researchers have generated 50 annual invention disclosures and patents and fostered more than a dozen spinout companies. In 2009, the institute won Arizona’s “Excellence in Economic Development Award” for its innovative contributions to the state’s economic growth.
Biomedicine and Health

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 Environmental Security
Biodesign Center for Bioenergetics
Biodesign Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology
Biodesign Center for Innovations in Medicine
Biodesign Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics
Biodesign Center for Single Molecule Biophysics
Biodesign Center for Biosignatures Discovery Automation
Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Biodesign Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors
Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics
Biodesign Center for Sustainable Health