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The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering uses Nature's design principles to develop bioinspired materials and devices that will transform medicine and create a more sustainable world.
The Wyss Institute aims to discover the engineering principles that Nature uses to build living things, and harnesses these insights to create biologically inspired materials and devices that will revolutionize healthcare and create a more sustainable world.
Typically, bioengineers apply engineering principles to solve medical problems. But we are now beginning to understand enough about how Nature builds, controls, and manufactures so that entirely new engineering principles will be discovered.
The novelty of the Institute resides in its ability to break down disciplinary barriers by bringing together world-leading researchers, theoreticians, and technical staff with clinicians and industrial collaborators, creating an environment that facilitates synergy among these investigators. The Institute supports cross-cutting fundamental research that will produce completely unpredictable breakthroughs and lead to development of enabling technologies in the field of bioinspired engineering and their translation into useful products. These technologies will transform human healthcare as well as industry, manufacturing, and the environment.
Scientists in the Bioinspired Robotics Platform are developing entirely new types of robotic devices that move and adapt like living creatures. Taking cues from flying insects, social insect colonies, and a growing embryo, one long-range vision is to develop robots that work together to build larger structures with unique properties, such as the ability to span a ravine or forge an escape route for earthquake victims.