Biodesign Institute

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The Biodesign Institute
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General information
Type Research Institute
Location Arizona State University: Tempe Campus
Address 727 E. Tyler St.
Tempe, Arizona 85287
Coordinates 33°25′10″N 111°55′41″W / 33.41944°N 111.92806°W / 33.41944; -111.92806Coordinates: 33°25′10″N 111°55′41″W / 33.41944°N 111.92806°W / 33.41944; -111.92806
Construction started Building A - February 2003
Building B - March 2004
Building C - TBD
Building D - TBD
Completed Building A - January 2005
Building B - January 2006
Building C - TBD
Building D - TBD
Cost Building A - $72,800,000
Building B - $78,500,000
Building C - TBD
Building D - TBD
Owner Arizona State University
Technical details
Structural system Brick and glass curtain wall system, steel frame, concrete flooring
Floor count 4
Floor area Building A - 177,661 s.f.
Building B - 174,583 s.f
Building C - TBD
Building D - TBD
Design and construction
Architecture firm Buildings A&B - Gould Evans / Lord Aeck & Sargent
Buildings C&D - TBD
Main contractor Buildings A&B - DPR Construction / Sundt Corp.
Buildings C&D - TBD
Awards and prizes Building A - Gold-level LEED certified
Building B - Platinum-level LEED certified

The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University is a center specializing in bioscience infrastructure at Arizona State University. It is currently led by Dr. Raymond DuBois, a recognized physician-scientist and oncology researcher who previously served as Provost and Executive Vice President at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. The Institute is organized into a growing number of highly collaborative research centers and laboratories staffed by top scientists in diverse disciplines.


The Biodesign Institute is spearheading ASU’s innovative application of interdisciplinary use-inspired research that fuses previously separate areas of knowledge. The Institute, which represents Arizona's single largest investment in bioscience research infrastructure, focuses broadly on biomedical and health research, and environmental/sustainability research, and plays a critical role in furthering the research mission of Arizona State University.

The Biodesign Institute is located on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University, a comprehensive multi-campus metropolitan university that is the largest in the U.S. by enrollment. The Institute embodies the guiding principles of the New American University, as defined by Arizona State University President Michael Crow. These principles include an entrepreneurial research culture attractive to scientists and uniquely capable of facilitating collaboration across disciplines and in close cooperation with industry.

Under the leadership of President Crow, ASU is adding one million square feet of new research space to enhance the capabilities of the Institute and drive economic growth in the communities it serves.

Centers within the facility[edit]

Name (Center for) Director
Applied Structural Discovery Petra Fromme
Bioelectronics and Biosensors Nongjian Tao
BioEnergetics Sidney Hecht
Biosignatures Discovery Automation Deirdre Meldrum
Environmental Security Rolf Halden
Evolutionary Medicine and Bioinformatics Sudhir Kumar
Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology Roy Curtiss III
Innovations in Medicine Stephen Johnston
Personalized Diagnostics Joshua LaBaer
Single Molecule Biophysics Stuart Lindsay
Sustainable Health Michael Birt

Dr. Leland “Lee” H. Hartwell

Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology Bruce Rittmann


Raymond DuBois[edit]

Raymond DuBois, a renowned physician-scientist with an expertise in translational cancer research, was appointed executive director of the Biodesign Institute on December 1, 2012.

Alan Nelson[edit]

Alan Nelson, an entrepreneur and a developer of a number of medical devices, was the executive director of the Biodesign Institute from March 2009 to July 2011.

George Poste[edit]

The Institute was formerly led by George Poste, a world-renowned scientist and policy maker with four decades of experience spanning academia, industry and government. Dr. Poste’s singular experience in fostering scientific collaboration has shaped the Institute’s organization and has facilitated recruitment of international-caliber scientists to the Institute.

Charles Arntzen[edit]

Charles Arntzen served as the Founding Director of the Biodesign Institute until May, 2003, and as Co-Director of the Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology of that Institute until 2007.

Biodesign Institute Gallery[edit]

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