Advanced genetic screening method may speed vaccine development

Infectious diseases – both old and new – continue to exact a devastating toll, causing some 13 million fatalities per year around the world.

Vaccines remain the best line of defense against deadly pathogens, and now Kathryn Sykes and Stephen Johnston, researchers at ASU’s Biodesign Institute, along with co-author Michael McGuire from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, are using clever functional screening methods to attempt to speed new vaccines into production that are both safer and more potent.Continue reading

National Bioeconomy Blueprint Released

Today, the Obama Administration announced its commitment to strengthening bioscience research as a major driver of American innovation and economic growth.  The National Bioeconomy Blueprint outlines steps that agencies will take to drive the bioeconomy—economic activity powered by research and innovation in the biosciences—and details ongoing efforts across the Federal government to realize this goal.Continue reading

Opportunity Alert: Arizona Experience Shines Spotlight on AZ’s Bio Innovators

On 24 April, the Arizona Experience website unveils Biotechnology and Life Sciences theme showcasing the organizations, institutions, and research facilities that have helped catapult Arizona to one of the nation’s leading states in biomedical research. Flinn Foundation, AZBio, BIO5 Institute, ASU Biodesign Institute, NAU, and numerous institutions provided their insight and materials in order to showcase the successes in Arizona’s biotech community.

“One of the recommendations of Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap is to inform state citizens on the importance and potential of the biosciences,” said Brad Halvorsen, Vice President for Communications, Flinn Foundation.  “The Arizona Experience website will be instrumental in helping to get the message to broad audiences that may be new to the biosciences.”

The April 24 roll out of the Arizona Biotechnology and Life Sciences theme includes:


Additional topics and content will continue to roll out for the next 30 days, including:

  • Featured Artist –Student centennial art competition  winners from across the state.
  • Tumamoc Hill America’s first Desert Botanical  Laboratory; the birthplace of conservation ecology.
  • Explore how citizen science groups around the state are  impacting their world.
  • Arizona State University’s groundbreaking Ask a Biologist program.
  • Habimap – Mapping Wildlife and Habitat Conservation  Potential by Arizona Game and Fish Dept.
  • Browse through the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum’s digital collection of over 12,000 images.


About Arizona Experience – The Arizona Experience is a dynamic, multimedia, 4D (3D plus time) web environment with interactive maps, thousands of images, historical timelines, flyovers of iconic landscapes, interviews with Arizona leaders, featured artists, videos (both onsite and at the Arizona Experience YouTube channel), and oral histories that capture the experiences of the men and women that shaped the state.