Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. has focused their efforts on developing significant high-performance technical fibers and polymers utilizing their research related to spider genes to create a transgenic variety of silkworms capable of spinning a new super fiber that is either similar or an exact copy of natural spider silk, which is known as one of the strongest and most resilient fibers. For many years the textile and material science industries have tried to replicate spider silk, but have not been successful.
The company has acquired the exclusive rights, in their field of use, to the genetic sequences patented by the University of Wyoming and the genetic engineering technology developed by the University of Notre Dame. The company’s intellectual property portfolio also includes a separate US provisional patent application regarding certain methodologies, genetic sequences, organic polymers and composites of fibers.
Although the production of a super fiber is the primary focus at this time, Kraig Biocraft is also considering the production of other unique proteins utilizing transgenic silk worms as a protein expression platform. It is believe that there is a large viable market for these unique proteins within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other research driven industries.
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