ASU, Mayo Clinic open commercialization awards application

November 15, 2012

Personalized medicine offers the promise of breakthroughs in prediction, diagnosis and treatment of disease by calibrating healthcare around the varying genetic codes of both individual patients and the diseases that afflict them.

The Center for Individualized Medicine at Mayo Clinic has joined with the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development (OKED) at Arizona State University in sponsoring awards of $5,000 to $100,000 per award to promote commercialization of research in the general area of personalized medicine. Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE), the technology venturing arm of Arizona State University, will manage this initiative on behalf of ASU. individualized medicine Download Full Image

“The awards will foster research collaboration between the two institutions and lead to commercialization opportunities in the more than $200 billion individualized medicine industry,” said Jeremy L. Friese, director of New Business and Development in Mayo’s Center for Individualized Medicine. “At the Center for Individualized Medicine at Mayo Clinic, our goal is not only to make discoveries in genomic and clinical sciences, but also to translate these breakthroughs into real-world applications that can improve healthcare for our patients.”

“Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic have some of the top scientists and physicians in the world doing research in these areas,” said Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, senior vice president of OKED. “These awards will deepen the ties between our researchers and provide a boost for promising technologies in this area.”

Qualifying projects will:

1. pertain to individualized medicine, broadly defined as “discovering and integrating the latest in genomic, molecular and clinical sciences into personalized care,” encompassing wellness and nutrition; personalized services, devices and IT; and diagnostics

2. lead to commercialization potential in the short term

3. involve or result in collaboration between Mayo Clinic and ASU

Funds can be used for a variety of activities, including (but not limited to) prototype development, software or service development, pilot execution, company formation, or research endeavors leading to a commercialization product/ service.

Applications can be for new proposals or ongoing projects. The awards are open to ASU faculty, post-doctoral researchers and graduate students. Student/ faculty teams are encouraged to apply. Applications may contain membership from only one of the two institutions (ASU and Mayo Clinic); matchmaking can occur upon award selection.

For more information and to apply, visit Applications must be received by Dec. 21. Awards will be granted January 2013. 

Contact Charlie Lewis, AzTE vice president of venture development, at with questions.

ASU Volleyball hosts Utah and Colorado

November 16, 2012

With only three home matches remaining in the regular season, fans can catch the Arizona State volleyball team as it hosts Utah and Colorado, Nov. 16-17.

Friday vs. Utah, 7 p.m. MT
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GameTracker, here
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Sunday vs. Colorado, 6 p.m. MT
Blaze Radio online, here
GameTracker, here
Twitter: @SunDevilVB

The Sun Devils have a lot to be proud about at this point in their season aside from their .586 win percentage (17-12, 6-10 Pac-12) that puts them in the hunt for a postseason berth. Two players have surpassed the 1,000 benchmark (Preach 1,349 digs; Wilson 1,057 kills) and three players have recorded single-season record performances with a fourth possibly to come. **record book here

Macey Gardner and Erica Wilson have paced the Sun Devil offense throughout the season but the past few weeks have seen surges from Alexis Pinson, Whitney Follette and Nora Tuioti-Mariner. In fact, Tuioti-Mariner posted a double-double against the Beavers in Corvallis last weekend, 12 kills and 10 digs, without a single hitting error for a career high .667 match hitting percentage and also a best for any Sun Devil this season.

This season against Utah and Colorado, Wilson combined for 34 kills and Gardner posted 29 of her own with 17 digs.Allison Palmer averaged 9.43 assists per set against the two teams and Preach was just below her season average with 3.62 digs per set.

Utah's top hitter, Chelsey Schofield, has 348 kills (3.22/s) and is a double threat with a team-best 248 digs (2.30/s). Despite their record, Utah is outhitting their opponents .237 to .203. The last four of five matches for Utah have been against Top 10 ranked opponents.

Colorado's offense is led by Alexis Austin's 305 kills and 910 assists from Nicole Edelman. Defensively they are close to their opponents in total blocks, 223.5 for the Buffs and 234.5 for their opponents. In the last 10 matches, Colorado has won two but when getting past three sets the Buffs improve, 5-1 in five set matches.

About the Utah series
The Utes sit at 12-17 overall and an even 6-6 in conference matches. Currently on a five-match losing streak, Utah is just 2-8 in road games which compliments the Sun Devils who are 8-3 at home in Wells Fargo Arena. The last time the two teams met, Utah swept the Devils in Salt Lake City. All-time, Arizona State leads this series 10-6 dating back to 1975.

About the Colorado series
Traditionally good against the Buffs, Arizona State leads this series 4-1 all time dating back to 1973. The first loss for the Sun Devils came this season in October after Colorado surmounted a comeback for a five-set win in Boulder. Colorado is 14-14, 4-12 in the Pac-12 entering the weekend.

Accessing Wells Fargo Arena on Sunday
Due to road closures associated with the Ironman event on Sunday, please be advised these are the best ways to access Wells Fargo Arena when traveling to the gym Sunday to see the Sun Devils take on Colorado at 6 p.m. MT.

From the Airport, West Valley or Central Phoenix
East on the 202
South on Priest Drive
East on 5th Street 

From Scottsdale
South on the 101
West on Broadway
North on Rural Road
West on 6th Street 

From Tucson
East on the 60
North on Mill Ave
East on 5th Street 

From East Mesa
West on 60
North on Rural Road
West on 6th Street


West on 202
South on 101
West on Broadway
North on Rural Road
West on 6th Street

Weekend Promotions:
All weekend:
Food Drive - All fans who bring a canned food item to either match will receive $3 admission. All food will be donated to Tempe Community Action Agency to benefit those in need throughout the holiday season.

Sunday vs. Colorado:

Washington State football ticket stub - Fans with Washington State football ticket stubs from the Sun Devil football game on Saturday will receive $3 admission.

Florida A&M men's basketball ticket stub - Fans with Florida A&M men's basketball ticket stubs from the ASU basketball game earlier in the day on Sunday will receive $3 admission to volleyball.

Juno Schaser

Event coordinator, Biodesign Institute