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Biomimicry: How Nature Is Inspiring Better Medical Devices for the Future

Find out how biomimicry is being used to advance materials and design of new and improved medical devices.

Biomedical engineers often turn to nature for inspiration, a method known as biomimicry. In her presentation at the recent BIOMEDigital conference, Donna Bibber shared a few examples of how biomimicry is being used in miniaturization. Bibber is vice president of business development at Isometric Micro Molding. For more takeaways from Bibber's presentation, see: 9 Micro Molding Myths Busted.

"[Biomimicry is] using those features or surfaces in nature that will help us to develop new and better medical and drug-delivery devices of the future," Bibber said.

For example, she said a lot of surgical equipment and instruments are made with Sharklet Technologies' anti-bacterial technology, which uses biomimicry to replicate the baceria-resistant properties of a shark's skin.

The infographic below illustrates other examples of biomimicry that can be used in the development of medical devices.



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