Jeff Karp, co-founder of Skintifique, was interviewed this month by Fortune magazine. In this article, Bringing the Fire: A Q&A with Bioinspirationalist Jeff Karp, he explains where, why, and how academic-business ventures can be most successful.
Jeff Karp is a co-founder of Skintifique. He is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He was interviewed this month by the prestigious Fortune Magazine, during which he talks about bioinspiration and why he created his own companies with other entrepreneur-scientists (including Skintifique).
About bioinspiration, he says: “It’s basically taking a basic idea in nature and improving upon it for your own purposes. (…) Mother Nature has managed to solve quite a few problems over the years. And so we can use bioinspiration to help us come up with new ideas to tackle tough problems.”
About why he created his own companies: “When you have a great idea that not only solves an important medical challenge but is also something that will translate, you want to see it end up in the clinic. And, in my experience, when you start your own company, you can increase the potential for success”
About the future of bioinspiration: “I think we’re only at the tip of the iceberg. Bioinspiration is going to help us come up with a lot of new ideas in the biomedical industry – and in lots of other industries, too.”
You can read the whole article Bringing the Fire: A Q&A with Bioinspirationalist Jeff Karp on the Fortune website by clicking here.
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