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Economist to present results of index measuring biomimicry

During the past several months, the San Diego Zoo has highlighted the inspiration of nature in human innovation. From architecture to energy savings and phone technology, experts have explained how biomimicry can affect society in a series of biomimicry-related events.

Now, they’ll explain how it can affect the economy.

At the zoo on Wednesday, Lynn Reaser, chief economist at Point Loma Nazarene University’s Fermanian Business and Economic Institute, is scheduled to present the Da Vinci Index, the first economic index measuring the field of biomimicry, or bioinspiration.

The index has taken a look at biomimicry-related activity from the past decade, providing insight into what to expect going forward in the emerging field.

“There is a very positive trajectory for biomimicry products, companies and research,” Reaser said in a statement.

The Da Vinci Index, she added, is a leap toward establishing biomimicry as a “legitimate field for venture capital, scientific research, entrepreneurship and academia.”

Last year, the Fermanian Institute issued a report on the subject, titled “Global Biomimicry Efforts: An Economic Game Changer.” Commissioned by San Diego Zoo Global, the report found that a biomimicry hub in San Diego could initially create more than 2,100 new jobs and boost the area’s annual gross regional product by $325 million by 2025.

Reaser will explain in her 6 p.m. presentation the four subcomponents of the Da Vinci Index and the results, which reportedly showed significant growth in biomimicry. Insight into the numbers, provided by Reaser on Tuesday, reveal the composite Da Vinci Index posted a seven-fold rise between 2000 and 2010, representing a 22 percent compound annual rate of growth. The first half of 2011, she added, shows an additional growth of 5.4 percent.

Further information about the event can be found by calling the San Diego Zoo at 619-231-1515, and registration for the event is available online through Tuesday on the zoo website. Ticket prices range from $30 for regular adults to $20 for students.

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