Forty percent (40%) of the caterpillars’ weight is devoted to the silk glands. Leimer is convinced that, even from the outset, the market will be able to support several players. To learn more, visit Kraig Biocraft Laboratories homepage: Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Completes Production of Silkworm Eggs for Spider Silk Production, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories tackles biggest challenge facing global silk production, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories files Application for Up-listing to the Nasdaq Capital Market, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Holds First Meeting of Board of Directors Elect, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Prepares for 2020 Production, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories achieves Knock-in Knock-out Success to create nearly Pure Spider Silk. A scientific article fully describing one of the first of these remarkable spider silk fibers and our methodology for creating it has been peer reviewed and published in the prestigious science journal PNAS (the Journal of the National Academy of Sciences). For the first time, a company is producing recombinant spider silk that is as tough and strong as the silk from a spider, Leimer claims. They are synthetic spider silks only in the sense that they are not being produced by a spider, but by a much more efficient organism.  While some spider silks are composed of a single protein, those of most interest to Kraig are a composite of two or more spider silk proteins. Three years, 1.2 million Golden Orb Weaver spiders individually collected in the highlands of Madagascar and many hours of intensive labour by specially skilled workers; all employed to produce the only hand-embroidered large textile made purely out of spider silk, showcased at the V&A Museum in London (25 January – 5 June 2012). The various firms using E-Coli can produce only an analog of spider silk PROTEIN. These steps not only add time, but significant upfront cost to the process as well. At a high protein yield of 20 grams of usable silk protein per liter of solution, this could cost anywhere from $35,000 to $50,000 per kilogram of silk protein. In 2012, the global market for technical fibers reached approximately $133 billion. As world leader in recombinant textiles, we believe we are poised for success in the technical textiles market place. We believe that the superior mechanical characteristics of the next generation of spider silk will open up new applications for the technology and result in a significant increase in demand. Scaling up production from transgenic animals could, however, prove problematic. But he is not yet convinced that his silkworms will make a high enough ratio of spider silk to silkworm silk. Initial uses for AMSilk’s protein are in nonfiber applications including cosmetics, where spider silk makes the skin feel “supersmooth,” according to the firm, and in shampoos, where it adheres to keratin, the primary structural protein in hair, to make damaged hair feel and look more silky. pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/bm0340063?journalCode=bomaf6, www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2016-05-10/japanese-spider-man-hopes-to-spin-startup-gold-from-artificial-silk, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Completes Production of Silkworm Eggs for Spider Silk Production, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories tackles biggest challenge facing global silk production, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories files Application for Up-listing to the Nasdaq Capital Market, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Holds First Meeting of Board of Directors Elect, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Prepares for 2020 Production, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories achieves Knock-in Knock-out Success to create nearly Pure Spider Silk. The protein, though, is complex, and producing silk that is as strong as nature’s has proven elusive. 5 April 2016. There is a scene in the film “Spider-Man 2” where Spider-Man prevents a train full of people from crashing by holding it back with about 10 sets of spider silk ropes each less than half an inch thick.  Measured by the energy required to break a continuous filament, expressed in joules per kilogram (J/kg). By 2012, the annual global market for technical fibers had already reached approximately $133 billion. He is targeting sales of more than $100 million once large-scale production of synthetic fibers is under way. That is because we are confident in our work. Kraig Labs’ genetically modified silkworms are incredibly efficient, and proficient, recombinant spider silk producers. Kraig is a genetic engineering company working in concert with leading university laboratories. to produce the silken protein back @ the turn of the century for secretion in their milk, which after separation, could be made into body-armor lighter than silk and superior to Kevlar. In stark contrast, Kraig Labs’ mulberry trees and the silk from silkworms have proven to be effective at sequestering carbon dioxide and are renewable resources.