Bioinspiration Conference

Since 2009, leading industry, academic, and bioinspiration practitioners have convened at the world-famous San Diego Zoo to be immersed in nature. In November of 2013, we continued our collaborative journey to bridge natural discovery with development, financing, and business licensing. Themed ‘Accelerating Development of Nature’s Solutions,’ the 2013 event highlighted commercial pathways for bioinspiration, blending keynote presentions, plant and animal experiences, panel discussions, and immersive Zoo breakout design tracks.

Former WIRED Magazine Editor-in-Chief Chris Anderson (CEO, 3D Robotics) spoke about bioinspired flight and robotics.


Panel discussion of how academic and research institutions are advancing application of biological discoveries. From L to R: Dr. Gabriel Miller (San Diego Zoo Global Center for Bioinspiration), Dr. Ashok Goel (Georgia Institute of Technology), Dr. Robert Full (University of California, Berkeley), and Dr. Paul Roben (SALK Institute for Biological Studies).

View the 2013 Bioinspiration Conference program here.