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Global health R&D delivers for Arizona

US government investment in global health R&D has delivered

$26.4 million
to Arizona research institutions
350+ new jobs
for Arizona
Global health R&D at work in Arizona

Arizona State University researchers have developed a technology to turn smartphones into a low-cost microscope to detect tuberculosis and other infectious diseases. The team took an expensive technology called dark-field microscopy, which allows scientists to more clearly see brightly lit samples against a black background, and adapted it for low-resource settings. They created an easy-to-use mobile phone attachment that combines a $1 LED light with a condenser to help focus light onto a sample. The tool also contains a slide reader and slides customized to detect a specific disease and its severity. This simple, portable technology could be a valuable new tool for health workers on the front lines of triaging outbreaks around the world.

  • Methodology
  • USG global health R&D investment to state research institutions/Top USG-funded global health R&D institutions: Authors' analysis of USG investment data from the G-FINDER survey, including funding for R&D for neglected diseases from 2007–2015 and for Ebola and select viral hemorrhagic fevers from 2014–2015. Reflects USG funding received by entities in state including academic and research institutions, product development partnerships, other nonprofits, select corporations, and government research institutions, as well as self-funding or other federal agency transfers received by federal agencies located in state; but excludes pharmaceutical industry data which is aggregated and anonymized in the survey for confidentiality purposes. See methodology for additional details.
  • Jobs created: Based on previous analysis of the economic impact of National Institutes of Health R&D funding and author's analysis described above. See methodology for additional details.
  • Case study photo: Deanna Dent/ASU Now