About us

BioTRIZ Ltd was formed in 2008 by people who worked at the Centre for Biomimetic and Natural Technologies, University of Bath, UK. Starting in 2001 Drs Olga and Nikolay Bogatyrev together with Professor Vincent worked on a series of research projects in Biomimetics/Bionics (please see our publications). This research laid down the rules for developing a "green" version of TRIZ wherein the successful principles and ideas used to develop the new solutions came from Nature rather than technology.

Solving industrial problems a BioTRIZ consultant always works together with the domain experts,  to allow both - learning the method and achieving the practical results. So, project related workshops for industry remain our main business.

Teaching TRIZ and other creativity and innovation methods for students including Continuous Professional Development (CPD) program at the University of Bath remains an important part of our activity. Additionally, the staff at the University of Bath are an excellent source of expert knowledge and can be called on where appropriate.

Nikolay Bogatyrev


Dr N. Bogatyrev is broadly qualified scientist working in the field of Biomimetics (bio-inspired engineering), biology and Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ). He is internationally certified TRIZ expert (MATRIZ). Nikolay implements principles from biology into engineering systems. He sold 28 patents and published more than 100 scientific papers. Nikolay has a PhD in Biology, but he is mostly interested in an engineering approach and ecologically sound sustainable architecture and design. His publications are ranging from popular science papers to research articles and books on bio-inspired engineering (Biomimetics/Bionics), designing a sustainable ecological environment and wild-life conservation.

Nikolay Bogatyrev developed a set of rules for sustainable eco-engineering and published them in his book “Ecological Engineering of Survival”(2000). Nikolay worked  at the University of Bath (Mechanical Engineering Department) for 15 years, employing TRIZ to biomimetic engineering as a tool for systematic knowledge transfer from biology to technology. Now he runs the consultancy company BioTRIZ.Ltd to assist businesses and agencies in new product development, problem solving and cost reduction.

Olga Bogatyreva


Dr O. Bogatyreva is an expert in the field of inventive problem solving and bio-inspired design with a background in behaviour and social psychology, biology and complex system theory. Olga holds DSc in Complexity Theory and PhD in Biology. She is also internationally certified TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving) expert (MATRIZ). Olga is a Director of consultancy company BioTRIZ Ltd., she also works with University College London, Kings College London, the University of Oxford, Cardiff University, University of Bath and other universities in Europe and Asia. Olga uses her expertise to develop the most efficient methods of teaching creativity and invention. Her favourite subject is sustainable bio-inspired organisational behaviour and group decision-making in which she has more than 100 scientific publications and three books. Olga is keen to see practical applications of her knowledge. She developed a range of tools for sustainable organisational management, which she uses in business coaching and consultancy boosting business efficiency. Her original methods were validated during consultancy in industry in Europe and Japan. 

In the research commissioned  by European Space Agency Olga developed a problem-solving tool for astronauts to use in their long-duration missions to Mars and Moon. Based on her original findings on individual and social behaviour of ants she developed language processing tool - a “problem-sensor” for on-board in space and Mission Control Centre on Earth. This tool allows to reveal the sense even if a massage contains a mixture of languages. This result is ground-breaking – it opens future possibilities to understand the language of nature!  

Mike Bogatyrev

mike front pageMike Bogatyrev is a welcome new member of the Bio Triz team with responsibility for development and sales.   

He has an established background in corporate video and news production as well as in graphic design.  Mike has a Masters Degree from Bournemouth University in Television Productions and works with clients to develop their marketing strategies.

Mike is excited about working with BioTRIZ and has already immersed himself into the development of the company to help us achieve our aims and objectives.

List of selected publications

Basic TRIZ

1.      Bogatyrev N. R., Bogatyreva O. (2014) BioTRIZ: a win-win methodology for eco-innovation. Chapter in the Springer Verlag book “Eco-innovation and the Development of Business Models: Lessons from Experience and New Frontiers in Theory and Practice”,  in press.

2.      Bogatyrev N.R., Bogatyreva O. (2013) Permaculture and TRIZ - methodologies for cross-pollination between biology and engineering. TRIZ Future International Conference,  p 83-90

3.      Bogatyreva O., Zhang Chao (2013) TRIZ helps China E-chopping, TRIZ Future International Conference, 29-31 October,  Paris, p 501-508

4.      Bogatyrev N. R., Bogatyreva O.   (2012)  TRIZ-based algorithm for biomimetic design TRIZ Future 2012, p. 251-262, Lisbon, Portugal

5.      Bogatyrev N. R., Bogatyreva O. A.  (2009) TRIZ Evolution Trends in Biological and Technological Design Strategies. CIRP Design Conference, 30-31 March, Cranfield University, UK, p.293-299.

6.      Bogatyreva O.A., Shillerov A.E. & Bogatyrev N.R. (2004) Patterns in TRIZ Contradiction Matrix. Integrated and Distributed Systems. In: 4 ETRIA  Conference, November 3-5, Florence, p. 305-313.

7.      Bogatyreva O.A., Vincent  J.F.V. , Pahl A-K. (2003) Nested, chained and intersected or “Complex” contradictions. Proceedings of TRIZCON 2003, Altshuller Institute, Philadelphia, USA , 16-18 March 2003

8.      Bogatyreva O.A., Vincent  J. F.V. Is TRIZ Darwinian? Proceedings of TRIZCON2003, Altshuller Institute, USA , 16-18 March 2003.

9.      Bogatyreva O.A., Pahl A-K and. Vincent J.F.V Enriching TRIZ with Biology: The Biological Effects database and implications for Teleology and Epistemology. ETRIA WORLD CONFERENCE-2002, Strasbourg, 6-8 November, p.3-1-307 

TRIZ in Space exploration

  1. Whiteley I, Bogatyreva O, Johnson C, Wolff M, and Townend M: Human Mission to Mars: Designing a Crew Expert Toold for a Safety Critical Environment. In: Proceedings of the 3rd The International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) Conference, ‘Building a safer space together’, 21-23 October 2008, Rome, Italy.
  2. Whiteley I, Bogatyreva O, Johnson C, Wolff M, and Townend M: A Structured Approach to Scenario Generation for the Design of Crew Expert Tool. In: Proceedings of the 3rd The International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) Conference, ‘Building a safer space together’, 21-23 October 2008, Rome, Italy.
  3. Whiteley I, and Bogatyreva O: Human Moon and Mars Exploration Mission Challenges and Tools for Psychological Support.  In: Proceedings of the 59th International Astronautical Congress, 29 September - 3 October, 2008, Glasgow, Scotland.
  4. Whiteley I, and Bogatyreva O: Identifying the  UNKNOWN: factors affecting psychological well-being of the crew during missions to the Moon and Mars. ACTA ASTRONAUTICA, 2008


Bio-inspired design

  1. Vincent, J. F. V., Bogatyreva, O., Bogatyrev, N., Towards a theory of biomimetics. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology a-Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 146, V 4, 2007, p129-S129.
  2. Vincent J., Bogatyreva O., Bogatyrev N., Bowyer A., Pahl A. (2006) Biomimetics – its practice and theory.Biomimetics - its practice and theory “Interface” Journal of Royal Society, v 3, N 9, p. 471-482  
  3. Bogatyrev N.R. Biological and Engineering parts of Biomimetics: “Software” and “Hardware” adaptability.  In: AISB’06 Conference Proc. “Adaptation in Artificial and Biological Systems”, V. 2, University of Bristol, April 3-6, 2006, p.106 - 109.
  4. Vincent J., Bogatyreva O., Pahl A., Bogatyrev N., Bowyer A. (2005) Putting Biology in TRIZ: Biological effect database. The journal of 'Creativity and Innovation Management', Volume 4, N 1, March, 2005.  
  5. Bogatyrev N.R. (2004) The living machine. The Journal of Bionic  Engineering, 2004, N2, p. 79-87.
  6. Bogatyreva O., Pahl A., Bogatyrev N., Vincent J. (2004) The means, advantages and limits of merging biology with technology. The Journal of Bionic Engineering, N2, p. 121-132
  7. Bogatyrev N.R., Bogatyreva O.A. (2003) TRIZ and Biology: rules and restrictions. In: Proc. Of international TRIZ conference, Philadelphia,  USA, 16-18 March 2003, p. 19/1 -19/4
  8. Bogatyreva O.A., Vincent J.F.V. (2003). Is TRIZ Darwinian? TRIZcon 2003 , 17-1 – 17-5.
  9. Bogatyrev N. TRIZ  is the Missing Link in Super-organismic  Biomimetics. III  ETRIA Congress, Strasbourg,  November, 2002, p. 75-80.
  10. Bogatyreva O., Bogatyrev N. Complexity in living and non-living systems / Proc. Of international TRIZ conference, Philadelphia, USA, 16-18 March 2003, p. 16/1- 16/6 .
  11. Bogatyrev N. R. (2001) Applied ecology of bumblebees (TRIZ in ecology). Novosibirsk,  Publishing house of the City Centre of Education Development, 160pp.
  12. Bogatyrev N. R. (2000) Ecological Engineering of survival (eco-engineering). Novosibirsk, ISAR Siberia, SB RAS, 182p.

Semantic TRIZ

  1. Bogatyreva O. McMahon C.  Adaptable Language Understanding: Can Robots Understand Context Bypass Grammar Rules?  In: AISB’06 Conference proc. Adaptation in Artificial and Biological Systems, V2, p. 106-111, University of Bristol, April 3-6, 2006.


  1. Bogatyrev N.R. Microfluidic Actuation in Living Organisms: a Biomimetic Catalogue.  In “Proceedings of the First European Conference on Microfluidics”, Bologna, 2008, p.175.
  2. Bogatyreva O., Shillerov A. (2006). Fractals of Stability and Adaptability in Swarms: Thresholds for Emergent Effects. In: AISB’06 Conference proc. Adaptation in Artificial and Biological Systems, University of Bristol, April 3-6, V2, p.99-106.
  3. Bogatyreva O., Shillerov A. (2005). Robot swarms in an uncertain world: controllable adaptability. International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, ISSN 1729-8806 –V.2, N 3, p.187-197.
  4. Bogatyreva O., Shillerov A. (1998) Social Synergetics. – Novosibirsk, 292pp.