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    New Award to Stimulate Cutting-Edge Biomimetics Research

    A new £5,000 award will develop the career of an outstanding
    biomimetics expert by allowing them to further develop their career and

    Biomimetics - the discipline of looking to nature for inspiration for
    new technologies and designs – is rapidly yielding new, commercially
    successful, technologies. Self-cleaning paint, novel adhesives, robots,
    medical devices, pharmaceuticals and self-healing materials have all
    recently been launched and are being rapidly taken up by consumers.

    The first BIONIS Biomimetics Award, sponsored by venture philanthropic
    organisation Swedish Biomimetics 3000®, will enable an outstanding
    person to undertake technical visits to experience, at first hand,
    cutting edge biomimetics around the world and to develop their career
    in biomimetics while contributing to the development of new
    technologies inspired by nature.

    Applications for the award are being accepted from today. It is being
    sponsored by Swedish Biomimetics 3000® and is being organised by BIONIS
    - Biomimetics Network for Industrial Sustainability.

    A BIONIS spokesman said “This prize will raise the awareness of
    Biomimetics and will help to establish it as one of the key enabling
    disciplines for the technologies of the future”.

    Lars-Uno Larsson, founder and CEO of Swedish Biomimetics 3000® said:
    “We are very pleased to sponsor this pivotal BIONIS Biomimetic Award in
    an exciting and rapidly evolving global scientific and market place.”

    The award winner will undertake their visits during summer 2007 and
    present an invited lecture on their work at the prestigious Bath Royal
    Scientific and Literary Institution on Thursday 20th September, 2007.
    The winner will experience other research and development environments
    and strengthen links between their own organisation and others around
    the world. Hosts will benefit from the participation of a leading
    researcher in their organisation.

    Notes for editors

    The BIONIS network was set up in spring 2002 by Prof. George
    Jeronimidis, Prof. Julian Vincent and Phil Sheppard. Membership is now
    over 250, with members from academia and industry in more than 40
    countries. The mission of the network is to promote the application of
    Biomimetics in products and services and its use in education and
    training. It is currently supported by Swedish Biomimetics 3000® and
    hosted by the University of Reading.

    Swedish Biomimetics 3000® AB is a VPO focussed on Biomimetics. Its
    mission is to fund translational research of Biomimetic concepts to the
    point where they are considered commercial candidates.

    Further details may be found at or obtained by
    email from