Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc., the biotech company known for its pioneering work in genetic engineering for the production of spider silk and other polymers, is constantly breaking new ground in the field of genetics. As such, it is not surprising that they have assembled a remarkable team of scientific advisors to play a major role in everything they do.
â€¢ Malcolm J. Fraser, Jr., Ph.D, specializes in molecular genetics, and currently heads the Fraser Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame. During his post-doctoral work at Texas A&M, Dr. Fraser was part of the team which developed the genetic expression system for producing organic molecules, including pharmaceuticals, on an industrial scale. He is the co-inventor of the â€œpiggyBacâ€ gene splicing technology, and the named inventor for various patents involving its improvement.
He was recently selected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in recognition for his distinguished contributions to genetics and transgenesis, as well as for his discovery of the piggyBacs transposable element and derived transgenic vector system.
Dr. Fraser was also awarded $2.5 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to fund â€œdeliverable technologiesâ€ in the field of transgenesis for the prevention of mosquito born disease.
â€¢ Randy Lewis, Ph.D., is internationally renowned for his work on spider silk, and is the named inventor for a number of patents relating to spider silk polymers. He currently heads the Lewis Laboratory at the Department of Molecular Biology at the University of Wyoming, where he focuses on the underlying genetics of spider silk polymers.
â€¢ Donald L. Jarvis, Ph.D., is an expert on biosynthesis, and its practical genetic engineering applications. He has many patent applications and intellectual property licensing agreements involving biosynthesis technologies with potential applications for pharmaceutical production. He currently heads a research laboratory in the Department of Molecular Biology at the University of Wyoming.
The strength of this advisory board is one of the reasons Kraig Biocraft has gained recognition for its work in genetic engineering, over and above its ongoing pursuit to produce commercially viable spider silk.
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