Da Vinci Announces Roadmap for Bioinspired Commerce and Investment


The Fermanian Business & Economic Institute proudly announces the launch of Da Vinci Global (DVG), DVG is an international collaboration between PLNU and the Foundation for Global Sustainability (FFGS) based in Zurich, Switzerland. DVG is designed to be the world’s leading and trusted source for fact-based insights in the field of bioinspired innovation, business, and finance. 

The Da Vinci 2.0 is the 2014 version of the original Da Vinci Index, which was created by the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute and launched in 2011. This comprehensive database uses advanced methodology and information to measure activity in the field of Bioinspiration, primarily in the U.S. 2.0 monitors four areas of data – number of scholarly articles, number of patents, number of grants, and dollar value of grants.  

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“Leonardo forms the image of a plant in shapes that emphasize its pattern of growth, implying that the source of change is within matter and not transcendent of it. Leonardo expresses its [Nature's] cosmic operations through its particulars, deriving his understanding of
the larger movements from observation of the smaller....” 
-Mary D. Gerard 

Da Vinci Index 2.0 Reached A New All-time High in 2014


  • The Da Vinci Index 2.0 reached a new all-time high in 2014, scoring a seven-fold increase since 2000. 
  • Growth has been almost uninterrupted over the past fourteen years, dipping only modestly in 2002 and 2005.
  • Da Vinci 2.0 advanced 7% in 2014 and was led by a 12% gain in patent approvals.  
  • The number of articles related to bioinspiration in scholarly journals also continued to move ahead. 
  • The number of grants received from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) was up significantly, but the dollar value of those grants was down. 
  • Last year capped three years of solid growth, averaging nearly 20% per year since 2012.
  • Strong trends in patent issuance and scholarly research in the field have occurred, outweighing more erratic activity in grants that have been impacted by U.S. budget cutbacks.

Da Vinci 2.0 continues to show the strong potential of bioinspiration, as materials, concepts, or designs informed by nature are demonstrating vigorous activity at the beginning of the pipeline for industrial and business applications. 



The Da Vinci Global Index (DVGI), established in 2014, is an expansion of 2.0 and tracks developments and performance in the field of bioinspiration not only in the U.S., but also in Africa, the Americas (excluding U.S.), Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. DVGI tracks two key sources of bioinspired: the publication of scholarly articles in various journals and patent filings.


Da Vinci Global Composite Index Up Six-fold since 2000


  •   Finished 2014 at just under 630 (2000=100).  This was a slight decline from 2013’s 690 figure and the first significant drop since 2001.
  • Growth has been fairly consistent since 2002 except for a slight hesitation in 2011.

The growth rate for 2015 is expected to improve over the slight decline seen in 2014 and long-term prospects remain positive.  This is based on the ongoing search for innovation and the continued interest in the field. 





Bioinspiration:An Economic Progress Report (2014)

This study, officially released in January of 2014, analyzes the progress and prospects for Bioinspiration, the field that takes concepts found in nature to solve human and business problems.  With this report, FBEI updates its groundbreaking study of 2010 and furthers its position as the leading economic, business, and financial voice in this major potential source of innovation. 

You can view the Executive Summary and download a copy of the report at www.pointloma.edu/fbeireports

Global Biomimicry Efforts: An Economic Game Changer (2010)

Dr. Lynn Reaser presented the findings of her study, The Economic Impact of Biomimicry: A regional, national and international perspective on Thursday, November 18, 2010, at the San Diego Zoo.  You can view the Executive Summary and download a copy of the report at www.pointloma.edu/fbeireports

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