BIL Conference LA 2015
“Biomimicry and Innovation Inspired by Sharks”
Sharks have been around for about 400 million years; they even pre-date the dinosaurs. By contrast, anatomically modern humans have only been around about 200,000 years. In that respect, sharks are – and indeed should be – looked to as mentors. They’ve thrived far-far longer than we have, and on biological strategies including the unique microtopography of their skin, which is effectively self-cleaning.
Sharkskin is now inspiring solutions to major challenges we humans face including hospital acquired infections, which account for nearly 100,000 deaths every year and over $30 billion in excess healthcare costs. I will share some of these brilliant case examples of biomimicry, innovation inspired by nature.