Biomimetics: “The examination of nature, its models, systems, processes, and elements to emulate or take inspiration from in order to solve human problems sustainably…”.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston's School of Dentistry is home to the new Houston Center for Biomaterials and Biomimetics. The HCBB seeks to become a comprehensive, world-class research and development center of excellence for biomaterials and biomimetics, and a synergistic force in increasing the scholarship of discovery, integration of knowledge within and between disciplines, teaching, and application.
The HCBB provides leadership and support in the development of new scientific discoveries, professional collaborations and teaching creativity, based on support from federal agencies, private industry and other sources. The HCBB also provides expertise in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of new clinical and educational technologies.
The goal of the HCBB is to develop basic and translational research, educational and other programs at the School of Dentistry. This incorporates but is not limited to: (a) in vitro and in vivo investigations including clinical trials, and (b) design and development of new materials, devices, technologies and procedures.
The scope of the HCBB is to initiate new collaborative opportunities and expand existing ones within the School of Dentistry and with other institutions having similar interests within the health science center, the Texas Medical Center, and other Houston- and Texas-based institutions, nationally and internationally.