29 May '15, 8pm

Can Bioinspired Innovations Find Economic Footing?

Can Bioinspired Innovations Find Economic Footing?

Can Bioinspired Innovations Find Economic Footing? Biophilia and biomimicry captivate the mind and senses, but are they economically viable? A report from Terrapin Bright Green says yes. By Alana Fichman Image: Terrapin Bright Green Success stories in “bioinspired” products have captivated the imagination: a low-toxicity composite wood binder imitating a compound used by mussels, self-cleaning surfaces that mimic the lotus flower, and more. But can such innovations transcend small-scale tinkering and have a bigger impact? Yes, says Terrapin Bright Green, in a new report produced with support from the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA). Bioinspired innovation encompasses both biomimcry (employing ideas from the natural world for human design) and bioutilization (directly using organisms or their materials). Tapping into Nature: The Future of ...

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