Breakthrough Technologies Inspired by Nature
Combining microfabrication techniques with modern tissue engineering, lung-on-a-chip offers a new in vitro approach to drug screening by mimicking the complicated mechanical and biochemical behaviors of a human lung.
As diverse fields of science begin to come together in unexpected ways, the boundary between living and nonliving systems is breaking down and a new field of science -- biologically inspired engineering -- is emerging. This cutting-edge discipline applies our ever-deepening insights into the way that living systems form and function to create new life-enhancing materials and devices.
To realize the field's vast potential, the Wyss Institute has brought together an extraordinarily talented, entrepreneurial, and diverse community, representing a wide range of specialties and depth of knowledge, and encouraged these thought leaders to take risks and push boundaries. The result is a host of biologically inspired solutions including new ways to restore balance in the elderly, reprogram the immune system, produce hydrogen from bacteria, replace animal testing in drug development, and allow buildings to generate electricity.