• Kraig Biocraft is opening a new laboratory that will allow it to develop new spider silk formulations.
  • The firm uses genetic engineering technology to create spider silk, which is spun by its line of transgenic silkworms.
  • It is said to be significantly stronger and more flexible than commercial grade silk.

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, a leading developer of spider silk-based fibres, says the completion of its new laboratory space in its research and production centre gives it the capacity to design, develop, and test new Spider Silk formulations.

The firm uses genetic engineering technology to create spider silk – known as Monster Silk – which is spun by its line of transgenic silkworms, and Dragon Silk, its strongest and most flexible technology so far.

The composite fibre consists of both spider silk proteins and silk from a silkworm, and is said to be significantly stronger and more flexible than commercial grade silk.

It expects to begin testing existing spider silk formulations and the construction of new formulations before Christmas under its ongoing contract with the US Army to develop and deliver high-performance spider silk polymers for protective applications. 

"The opening of this new lab is a watershed moment for the company," says COO Jon Rice. "Our new facility gives us the capacity to design, develop, and test new spider silk formulations, which give us the ability to rapidly develop new products going into 2018. We have brought on additional staff over the last 60 days, to take our groundbreaking spider silk technology to the next level. Recent developments have reinvigorated our team, making us as excited today, as we were when we began our journey."