Lightworks Algae Energy ASU Research
The Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI) at Arizona State University and the Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership (ATP3) are working with Health Enhancement Products, Inc (HEPI) to advance the science behind algae-based health and wellness products like vitamins and food chemicals.
Update from ASU Biodesign's Dr. Raymond DuBois
Dr. Ray DuBois , M.D., Ph.D. Dr. DuBois is a world-renowned physician-scientist who has devoted his career to understanding the linkages between inflammation and cancer, particularly colon cancer. He assumed his new role as Executive Director of the Biodesign Institute in December of 2012, coming by way of Houston as provost of the prestigious M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Cyanobacteria for Solar Powered Biofuels
ASU scientists are developing a new, renewable source of biodiesel and other green products. Our scientists are developing genetically optimized versions of photosynthetic bacteria, called cyanobacteria, that will use sunlight, water and carbon dioxide to over-produce and secrete fatty acids as a raw material for the production of biofuel. This revolutionary concept shifts the focus from growing dense cultures of algae or bacteria for harvest of fats to a continuous microbial production system as biocatalysts (mini factories) from which a renewable fuel feedstock, namely fatty acids, is collected and converted into biofuel.
Algal Biofuels Consortium
The primary objective is to evaluate biochemical (enzymatic) conversion as a potentially viable strategy for converting algal biomass into lipid-based and carbohydrate-based biofuels. Secondary objective is to test the acceptability of algal biofuels as replacements for petroleum-based fuels.The program supports the development of a clean, sustainable transportation sector – a goal of the Department of Energy's (DOE) continued effort to spur the creation of a domestic bio-industry while creating jobs. This round of DOE funding totals $24 million for three research groups to tackle key hurdles in the commercialization of algae-based biofuels.The Arizona State University-led group, the Sustainable Algal Biofuels Consortium, will focus on testing the acceptability of algal biofuels as replacements for petroleum-derived fuels. The group will investigate biochemical conversion of algae to fuels and products, and analyze the physical chemistry properties of algal fuels and fuel intermediates. In addition to Arizona State University, other core members of the consortium are the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colo., and Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque.
From Discovery to Development to Delivery: Biodesign
Raymond N. DuBois, MD, PhD , executive director of The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University explains the history and the value of biodesign and shares a look at the bioinspired, use inspired, research being done by innovative teams at The Biodesign Institute in their three focus areas of health, energy, and security.
Keeping People Healthy...at a cost we can afford (Full Presentation)
Michael Birt, director of the Center for Sustainable Health at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. In Birt’s address, “Sustaining Health: How Do We Prevent and Detect Disease Early Enough to Keep People Healthy … at a Cost We Can Afford?” he calls for a shift in our health system to reward cost-effective prevention, early detection and intervention. Such a shift and the technology that it would require has the potential to spur growth among bioscience organizations, reduce patient suffering, and lowering health care costs.