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A new model

A sphere captured during the self-assembly of nanoscale bristles. As the bristles assemble, they grab whatever is there, and then can be made to release it. This technology could potentially be used to capture drugs and then release them deep inside the body.

The Wyss (pronounced "Veese") is more than a research institute. Our mission is to develop biologically inspired materials and devices that will solve critical medical and environmental problems and to translate these transformative technologies into products that have an impact on society and the world.

Our high-risk, science-driven approach is based on a pioneering model of innovation, collaboration, and technology translation:

We innovate by taking risks and looking to nature for inspiration.

We collaborate by bringing diverse academic, clinical, and industrial partners together under one roof where they work together in "collaboratories," rather than as independent research groups, to develop bioinspired technologies for high value applications.

We translate our most promising ideas into transformative products by validating them against market needs, and developing product prototypes through collaborations with clinical champions, corporate alliances, and new start-ups.

These novel approaches converge in our core mission --
to improve people's lives and create a more sustainable world.

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We've won a Webby Award!

Wyss Institute is a winner of the 2012 Webby Awards in the Science category.