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Innovation program takes bug-catching invention under its wing

May 30, 2012

A Phoenix man recently began manufacturing and marketing his invention, an insect-catching device called the BugNabit, with help from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law’s Innovation Advancement Program (IAP).

Bill Grant, who owns a business selling and repairing office equipment, came up with the idea for a device that uses a pole with an adhesive platform at the bottom to catch and dispose of bugs. Grant dreamed up BugNabit after finding several scorpions in his Phoenix home, much to the horror of his wife and daughter. Download Full Image

“I wanted to make a product where you can catch and dispose of the bugs as easily as possible,” Grant said. “You can catch (the bug) with the pole, slide it into the garbage and never worry about it again. There’s no mess or stress.”

Grant took a year to develop the idea after finding out it had not yet been patented. He made a prototype, and it evolved from being strictly a scorpion-catching device to a bug-catching tool.

Grant wanted to develop and manufacture the BugNabit in the United States, but was “running into brick walls,” because he had never been through the patent process.

“(Grant’s) attorney, Joe Meaney, referred him to the IAP for help because he was stuck with supply-chain issues,” said Eric Menkhus, clinical professor and director of the IAP. “He’d made a prototype, but couldn’t figure out the best way to manufacture it.

“We accepted Bill and the BugNabit as a client because, first, we liked Bill and thought he would be good to work with, while providing a quality learning experience for the students. But we also liked that the scorpion-catching aspect of the product was something Arizona-focused.”

The IAP involves students from the College of Law, the W.P. Carey School of Business, the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Barrett, The Honors College. The students work together, under the supervision of Menkhus and the IAP’s legal and business mentors, to address the legal and business planning needs of Arizona entrepreneurs.

After being accepted into the program, Grant was assigned two ASU students to do marketing and manufacturing analysis. The IAP also put him in contact with a former ASU professor who now works with a mold and plastic design company.

“IAP was great, they were very understanding,” Grant said. “The process is extremely helpful to small businesses or individuals like myself. It helped me get somewhere with a little bit of legitimacy.”

The BugNabit is available online for $12.99 (at, where a demo also can be viewed), and Grant is working on getting it into retail outlets. He is starting local, but eventually wants to sell the product nationwide.

ASU establishes College of Health Solutions as new health education model

May 31, 2012

Arizona State University established the College of Health Solutions in May 2012 as part of its strategic initiative to build a new model for health education.

The new college includes the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, the Department of Biomedical Informatics,  the School of the Science of Health Care Delivery, and the Doctor of Behavioral Health Program. The college also will collaborate with affiliated ASU health units, including the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, and numerous research centers and programs, such as the Center for Health Information and Research, the Health Care Delivery and Policy Program, and the Healthcare Transformation Institute. Executive Vice Provost and Dean Keith D. Lindor, MD Download Full Image

The multi-disciplinary college is led by Dean Keith D. Lindor, MD, who also serves as executive vice provost, and who joined ASU in January after serving seven years as dean of the Mayo Clinic Medical School in Rochester, Minn.

The mission of the College of Health Solutions is to better promote good health, prevent and control disease, and to improve health outcomes for patients and their families. To accomplish this mission, it serves as a knowledge exchange and catalyst for collaboration among health-related units across ASU, as well as providing support for health-related academic programs, transdisciplinary research initiatives, and strategic partnerships.

Right time for change

“It is time for a new model of integrated and interprofessional health education and delivery given the current costs and patient outcomes of the US health care system,” Lindor said. “America spends too much for health care that has sub-optimal outcomes. We need to move to a new model for health in this nation.”

Arizona is an ideal state and ASU a great university at which to build that model. The state has a highly diverse population which is underserved, lacks access to health care, and is at higher risk for chronic illnesses such as obesity and diabetes. ASU also does not have a medical school or center with vested interests in the status quo of health education.

The School of the Science of Health Care Delivery is being formed and will offer a specialized master’s degree in the Science of Health Care Delivery for ASU graduate students in fall semester 2013. When the announced Mayo Medical School – Arizona Campus in Scottsdale opens, the degree will be offered to Mayo Medical School students concurrently with their medical degree. The Mayo Medical School is believed to be the first medical school to offer such a program.