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Kraig speeds up recombinant spider silk fibres production

19 Sep '18
2 min read

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, the leading developer of spider silk based fibres, has announced that it has implemented two major advancements in the development of next generation recombinant spider silk fibres. These advancements are the result of new equipment and recently employed protocols, at the company’s R&D headquarters, based in Michigan.

The new approaches are build on the existing protocols, but allow the company to increase processing efficiency significantly. The company expects to see higher throughput as this approach should result in shorter times to generate new transgenics. What previously took an entire day to complete can now be done in a matter of minutes, Kraig said in a press release.

The company expects that, with these new methods, it will be able to drastically accelerate the pace of development for next generation recombinant spider silk fibres and technologies, but does not affect the opening of the company’s aggressive production operations through its Vietnamese subsidiary, Prodigy Textiles. The company expects to provide an update on its progress at Prodigy Textiles in the near future.

“As we continue to make significant progress commercialising and scaling production of our existing recombinant spider silk offerings, our research team, led by Dr. Trevor Kane, remains focused on the creation of the next evolution of high performance spider silk materials. The new processes and equipment implemented today play a key role in that work, allowing for major increases in throughput and what we expect to be faster development cycles,” COO of the company, Jon Rice said. (GK)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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