The Airport Art Project

San Diego International Airport (SDIA) is the busiest single-runway commercial airport in the United States, and the second busiest in the world. On any given day, about 48,000 people pass through its terminals. In 2006, the airport established an Art Program Master Plan, overseeing all of the art on display, including rotating exhibits.

The Airport Authority’s Art Program invited Biocom to coordinate an art installation representing the San Diego life science industry. Biocom reached out to its roster of life science companies for submissions of scientific images as well as to its member company, Ilus Art for help in printing the images on display. Together, they have created a beautiful representation of science and art that reflects the groundbreaking work being done in the region. This exhibit was on display in terminal 2 for 7 months in 2014.


More About Biocom

Biocom supports life science companies through a diverse range of initiatives and programs in public policy, capital development, group savings, professional network building and talent development.

As a member driven organization, they provide unmatched opportunities and resources to help life science companies and their employees fulfill their goals. Biocom offers meaningful access to the influential drivers propelling the industry forward across all major life science sectors, including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, diagnostic, medical device, connected health, bio-renewables, and research and development.

Biocom serves Southern California, a region offering the perfect climate for life science innovation because of its uniquely collaborative spirit, high concentration of world-class research institutes and its strong foundation for new company creation and development.

More about Ilus

Ilus (pronounced e’loos) is a unique art company founded on the principle that beauty can be found in science. Albert Einstein said, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” From the microscopic images of the inner workings of a single cell to projects based on tissue engineering, all of these images are used to validate a scientist’s research. CEO, Janet Hubka first observed some of these images while visiting family members who work at local biotech companies. Initially thinking that she was looking at peacock feathers, she made the recommendation to enlarge one of the images for decorative purposes. Upon learning that the image was actually that of skin cells, she conferred with the scientist that took the picture and an idea named Ilus Art was born!

Ilus commissions research scientists to submit regenerative medicine images using macro-photography. All of the images that Ilus offers are printed using the highest quality materials and the most innovative techniques. Ilus images have won awards from the Regenerative Medicine Foundation and three of our pictures are among the selected images currently on display at the San Diego International Airport. Ilus Art was commissioned by Biocom to print all of the pictures for the Airport Art Project.

Ilus congratulates both the Airport Authority and Biocom for its shared vision of showcasing the beautiful pictures found at life science companies in Southern California. Perhaps the exhibit will spur a conversation about science, or maybe open a young mind to the possibility of a career in the life science industry.

Ilus supports the life science industry by working with companies such as Biocom and by giving back a portion of its proceeds to research institutes that explore the areas of regenerative medicine and disease prevention.