Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc., Lansing, Mich., a developer of recombinant spider silk
technologies, has leased a new genetic engineering laboratory and is expanding its research and
development activities and production of its first product — Monster Silk, a hybrid silk produced
by transgenic silkworms.
“Up until now, all of our research has been conducted within university laboratories,” said
Kim K. Thompson, founder and CEO, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories. “We see the new laboratory as
providing the opportunity for a significant expansion of our capabilities.”
Thompson said the company has increased the caterpillar population for Monster Silk
production and ramped up production of transgenic silkworm eggs and fiber, and that the fiber being
produced now is stronger than the fiber originally documented in a peer-reviewed article published
earlier this year in “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.” He also reported interest
from several large companies in Monster Silk’s potential for sportswear, fashion, defense and
military textile applications.
In addition, the company is ramping up development of its Generation II 100-percent
recombinant spider silk technology.