Bio-inspired solutions could kick-start a trillion-dollar industry, if utilized
By Emmet Cole
March 01, 2012
What is alternately called biomimicry or bio-inspiration—across robotics and other industries—could represent $300 billion annually of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2010 dollars within 15 years, according to the Da Vinci Index, a biomimicry report developed by a consortium that includes San Diego Zoo Global, Point Loma Nazarene University, in San Diego, and the University of San Diego. The Da Vinci Index, which measures number and value of biomimicry-related research grants, scholarly articles, and patents to estimate the extent of the marketplace, also forecasts that biomimicry could account for 1.6 million U.S. jobs by 2025 and represent about $1.0 trillion of global GDP.
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