The 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 - October 2016
Building D - TBD
Completed Building A - January 2005
Building B - January 2006
Building C - September 2018
Building D - TBD
Cost Building A - $72,800,000
Building B - $78,500,000
Building C - $120,000,000
Building D - TBD
Owner Arizona State University
Technical details
Structural system Brick and glass curtain wall system, steel frame, concrete flooring
Floor count 6
Floor area Building A - 177,661 s.f.
Building B - 174,583 s.f
Building C - 189,000 s.f.
Building D - TBD
Design and construction
Architecture firm Buildings A & B - Gould Evans / Lord Aeck & Sargent
Building C - ZGF Architects / BWS Architects
Building D - TBD
Main contractor Buildings A & B - DPR Construction / Sundt Corp.
Building C - McCarthy Construction
Building D - TBD
Awards and prizes Building A - Gold-level LEED certified
Building B - Platinum-level LEED certified
Building C - TBD

The Biodesign Institute is a major research center known for nature-inspired solutions to global health, sustainability, and security challenges located on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University. The Institute is organized into a growing number of collaborative research centers and laboratories staffed by scientists in diverse disciplines. It is currently led by Executive Director Dr. Joshua LaBaer, a personalized diagnostics researcher.[1]


The Biodesign Institute performs biomedical and health research and develops solutions for environmental sustainability.

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.

Under the leadership of university president Michael 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 Biotechnology Bruce Rittmann
Environmental Security Rolf Halden
Evolution and Medicine Randolph Nesse
Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics Ferran Garcia-Pichel
Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy Grant McFadden
Innovations in Medicine Stephen Johnston
Neurodegenerative Diseases Eric Reiman
Personalized Diagnostics Joshua LaBaer
Single Molecule Biophysics Stuart Lindsay
Sustainable Health Leland "Lee" H. Hartwell


Joshua LaBaer[edit]

Joshua LaBaer, a physician-scientist specializing in personalized diagnostics, was appointed interim executive director of the Biodesign Institute in January 2016.[2] He became permanent executive director in March 2017.[3]

Raymond DuBois[edit]

Raymond DuBois, a physician-scientist with 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 scientist and policy maker with four decades of experience spanning academia, industry and government. Dr. Poste’s 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.



  1. ^ "ASU names LaBaer interim executive director of the Biodesign Institute | The Biodesign Institute | ASU". Retrieved 2017-10-25.
  2. ^ "ASU names LaBaer interim executive director of Biodesign Institute". ASU Now: Access, Excellence, Impact. 2016-01-13. Retrieved 2017-10-25.
  3. ^ "ASU appoints Josh LaBaer, M.D., Ph.D., as new executive director | The Biodesign Institute | ASU". Retrieved 2017-10-25.

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