Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc. is a company focused on the development of high performance technical fibers and polymers utilizing spider genes for insertion into silkworms. The idea is to create a transgenic variety of silkworms capable of spinning a new “super fiber” that is similar or an exact copy of natural spider silk, which is one of the strongest and most resilient fibers known.

Kraig Biocraft 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 is also working in conjunction with leading genetic engineers at these universities toward the goal of producing a transgenic variety of silkworms.

While the production of a “super fiber” is the primary focus of Kraig Biocraft at this time, the company is also considering the production of other unique proteins utilizing transgenic silkworms as a unique protein expression platform. There is thought to be a large, viable market for these unique proteins within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other research driven industries.

As part of the company’s intellectual property portfolio, Kraig Biocraft has the exclusive rights to use the patented spider silk gene sequences in silkworms within the United States. 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. It is expected that Kraig Biocraft’s intellectual property portfolio will continue to grow over the coming years.

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