How Bioinspiration is Driving Medical Innovation

March 5, 2015 Brigham and Women's Hospital

Jeffrey M. Karp, Phd

Solving medical problems is extremely challenging. By bringing experts from multiple disciplines together to work at the interface of those disciplines, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) are introducing creative new ways to address medical problems.

In this video, Jeffrey Karp, PhD, Director of the Laboratory for Accelerated Medical Innovation, discusses how his research team, including biologists, immunologists, engineers, polymer scientists, chemists, and clinicians, is using bio-inspiration to drive medical innovation. Examples include the team’s study of porcupine quills to develop next-generation surgical staples and spiny-headed worms to construct a new type of adhesive patch for skin grafts.

-Jessica F.

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