At The Forefront Of
One Doctor’s Quest To Turn The Lessons Of Nature Into Innovative
Over the last decade, bioinspiration
— an approach to developing medical
technology that draws on lessons
learned in nature — has blossomed
from the fringes of science to one of
the most exciting fields in medicine.
There are few who understand the
promise of bioinspiration better than
Jeffrey Karp, PhD.
illustration of the famous comic book
hero. After doing a little digging, Karp
was led to research on geckos, whose
feet have tiny, hair-like pillars that allow
them to attach and detach from smooth
surfaces, much like how Spider-Man
adheres to the side of buildings.
The wheels started turning, and
soon Karp began researching a way
By Meagan Parrish, Senior Reporter
Where some see porcupine
quills, Karp has envisioned a new
kind of surgical staple. Where others see sticky marine worms, Karp
has found an idea for a revolutionary kind of surgical glue. But for
Karp, it all started with Spider-Man.
In 2005, Karp had a light bulb
moment while looking at a full-page