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Biomimicry visionary headlines Portland clean tech conference

Biomimicry visionary Jay Harman will pinch-hit as keynote speaker at this week’s BEST Fest, after Van Jones bowed out due to a scheduling conflict.

Harman is founder and chief executive of Pax Scientific, where he has tapped lessons from Mother Nature to design industrial equipment ranging from refrigeration and turbines to boats, fans, mixers and pumps.

Harman is the author of a just-released book, “The Shark’s Paintbrush; Biomimicry and How Nature is Inspiring Innovation.”

“Imagine Indiana Jones, Huckleberry Finn and Erasmus Darwin rolled into one person, and you will have some sense of what it is like to roam and see the world through Jay Harman’s biomimetic eyes,” says green entrepreneur Paul Hawken of the new book.

Some of the Northwest’s leading researchers and entrepreneurs in budding “clean tech” industries will gather in Portland for this year’s Oregon BEST Fest conference, which takes place Sept. 11 to 12 at the Leftbank Annex, 101 N. Weidler St.

Other topics include: new ideas in water systems, non-toxic building materials, improving data center performance, sustainable batteries, wave energy, what’s next in solar energy and other subjects.

For more information: oregonbest.org/bestfest/home.

Steve Law can be reached at 503-546-5139 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.