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Kraig Labs signs agreement to import silkworms in Vietnam

The agreement provides a location, skilled workers, security, and necessary oversight.

27th November 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Ann Arbor, MI

Protective, Clothing/​Footwear

The agreement provides a location, skilled workers, security, and necessary oversight, for the company to import and begin testing its first batch of recombinant spider silk silkworm eggs in Vietnam.

Under this agreement, the VSRC will provide professional manpower for hatching, caring and nurturing of the silkworms, while IoB-VAST will provide a secure location to receive, store, and preserve the company’s transgenic silkworms, in accordance with Vietnam’s regulations.

The previously reported authorisations, from key Vietnamese central government ministries, established guidelines for the importation of the company’s transgenic silkworms. In addition to leveraging the expertise and capacities of IoB-VAST and VSRC, this agreement provides the structure and regulatory compliance to address those regulatory requirements, the company says.

“We’re honoured to work with the Institute of Biotechnology and the Vietnam Sericulture Research Center, undertaking work that we believe will revolutionise silk production and make significant impacts on consumer products,” said Kim Thompson, CEO and founder.

The company is now preparing to send key team members, including production staff, to accompany the first batch of transgenic silkworm eggs, on their trip from Kraig Labs’ US headquarters to Vietnam.

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