Biomimetic strategies leading to greater innovation

Biomimetic strategies leading to greater innovation

26 Oct 2017, 11:20 - 11:50

Grange Tower Bridge Hotel


Early attempts at human flight were modelled on how birds fly. Legend has it that it was when, following a country walk, the Swiss electrical engineer George de Mestral removed burrs from his dog’s fur that he invented Velcro. How many other innovations are waiting to be born inspired by a keen observation of how nature resolves problems? For cosmetics, chemistry is key in achieving desired performance, but it is also responsible for the public and environmental health drawbacks associated with production, use, and after-life management of cosmetics formulations. Organisms also rely on chemistry for needed functionalities like lubrication, scent, moisture management, and color.

Over billions of years of evolutionary trial and error and the constraint of having to do chemistry in the same place that organisms survive, thrive, and raise their young, nature has figured out how to do chemistry that is high performing while creating conditions conducive to life.

From that perspective, nature’s elegant and sophisticated chemistries are a rich source of innovative new cosmetics formulations that could improve performance while also making cosmetics more sustainable.

Mark Dorfman will show how biomimicry systematically taps into nature’s strategies to uncover and apply Life’s design principles and deep patterns to the development of effective biomimetic solutions.



  • Mark Dorfman


    Biomimicry Chemist

    Biomimicry 3.8

    Mark Dorfman is a biomimicry chemist with Biomimicry 3.8, an organization founded on the premise that living organisms, by necessity, have developed...

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