Professor Marc Desmulliez is Associate Principal for Impact at Heriot-Watt University. He has a background combining electrical engineering, optoelectronics and theoretical physics. Research interests include microwave sensing, medical device manufacturing and nature-inspired engineering. He has spun out two companies, MicroStencil Ltd (2003) and MicroSense Technologies Ltd (2017) and a start-up company Birthing Solutions Ltd (2017). Marc recently created the Nature Inspired Manufacturing Centre (NIMC) to understand how to translate biological processes into manufacturing principles, and to research a mythology that would allow companies to systematically harvest the wonders that nature can offer in terms of design solutions, material efficiency and functional interfaces. He currently manages the Medical Device Manufacturing Centre.