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Entrepreneurship and Art : Jalila Essaïdi

Jalila Essaïdi (born 1980) is a Dutch artist and entrepreneur based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Essaïdi is specialized in the fields of bio-based materials and biological arts (bio-art). She is best known for her work ‘2.6g 329m/s’, also known as ‘Bulletproof Skin’, a project that achieved bioengineered bulletproof human skin. This project combined in vitro human skin with spider silk from genetically modified organisms to create a material that stops a slow-speed bullet.

Another well-known project is Mestic®, a method to transform cow manure into cellulose-derivatives. The project turns an enormous social and environmental problem (excess manure) into an opportunity to create a local manure-based economy, by turning excess manure into fashion and plastics.

With Mestic® she won the H&M Global Change Award in 2017. In 2018 she received the Chivas Venture Award for social entrepreneurship and also won the Clim@ competition of the Green for Growth Fund. Essaïdi is the CEO of Inspidere B.V., a biotech company based in Brainport region Eindhoven. In 2011 Essaïdi founded BioArt Laboratories, a foundation that offers entrepreneurs and citizen scientists access to a biotech laboratory and the tools and knowledge of cross-sectorial collaborations between the life sciences and the creative industry.

Source : jalilaessaidi.com

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