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Kraig Biocraft accelerates product development

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories has implemented two major advancements in the development of next generation recombinant spider silk fibres.

19th September 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Ann Arbor, MI

Protective, Industrial

These advancements are the result of new equipment and recently employed protocols at the company’s R&D headquarters, based in Michigan, the manufacturer explains. These new approaches build on the existing protocols but are said to allow the company to increase processing efficiency significantly. The company says it 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,” the manufacturer adds.

“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,” said COO Jon Rice. “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.”

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.

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories celebrated the grand opening of Prodigy Textiles new facility in Quang Nam province in July. This facility will have the capacity, utilities, and security to support the planned capacity growth in Vietnam through the first phase of operations and will be the launch pad for future expansion on a pre-designated 50-hectare parcel of land located nearby.

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, a fully reporting biotechnology company, is a leading developer of genetically engineered spider silk-based fibre technologies. The company says its genetic engineering research has succeeded in developing a practical and cost-effective technology for producing recombinant spider silk-based fibres on an industrial scale.

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