Throughout 2021, the BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona celebrated 20 years of innovation and impact. When BIO5 formed, it was ahead of its time. Today, BIO5 is an international model of how to meld the disciplines of agriculture, engineering, medicine, pharmacy and basic science to create novel solutions for pressing biological challenges.
In the past 20 years, researchers at BIO5 have developed disease prevention strategies, new drug therapies, innovative diagnostics and devices, and improved food sustainability techniques. Examples of bold initiatives are found in every lab in the institute’s home, the Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building.
But BIO5 and the Keating Building might not have become reality had it not been for Thomas W. Keating. The 2000 graduate and longtime volunteer provided the financial support needed to realize former UArizona president Peter Likins’ vision for creating the interdisciplinary institute.