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"Mimicking Nature to Create New Technology" — Knight Campus Entrepreneurship Speaker Series with William Murphy

Wednesday, February 21 at 10:00am to 11:00am

Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, Beetham Family Seminar Room
1505 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, OR 97403-6231

Please join us on Feb. 21, 2024, for the Knight Campus Winter 2024 Entrepreneurship Speaker Series, featuring Dr. William Murphy. In his lecture, Bill Murphy will describe how some of the materials commonly found in nature can inspire new technologies. Common materials like minerals and proteins have led to the establishment of several start-up companies, with technologies that impact the biopharma industry and clinical medicine.

Bill Murphy is the Harvey D. Spangler Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin. His research group has developed new classes of biomimetic materials inspired by nature. They have used their materials to create new medical devices, human cells, and human tissues. He has over 200 publications, filed over 60 patents and co-founded 4 start-up companies based on those inventions. He also serves as Founding Director of the Forward BIO Institute, which catalyzes innovation in research, entrepreneurship and training, and pushes groundbreaking technologies out of academia and into the private sector.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Guest Speaker


Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

Target Audience

All Students, Faculty/Staff





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