“Dragon Silk scores very highly in tensile strength and elasticity, which makes it one of the toughest fibers known to man and the ideal material for many applications,” stated Jon Rice, COO. “Providing material for this ballistic shoot pack initiative is an important next step for Kraig and spider silk. This contract reinforces the many significant potential applications for recombinant spider silk. Today is a great day for spider silk.”
Monster Silk is the world’s first economically viable recombinant spider silk for textile use: a thin, lightweight, flexible and high strength fiber. Kraig is ramping up commercial scale production of Monster Silk, the cleanest commercial alternative to the high strength technical textiles. Kraig believe that this product will make significant inroads into both technical textile and mundane silk and apparel markets. The traditional silk market is estimated at approximately $3 to $5 billion (US) per year at the raw fiber level. Given its superior physical properties, Monster Silk is well positioned to penetrate that market, as well as the larger technical textile market which is estimated at approximately $130 billion (US).
In 2015, Kraig announced a breakthrough: our Dragon Silk line of transgenic silkworms. It and its progeny have proven not only to be stronger and more elastic than commercial grade silkworm silk, but stronger and more elastic than certain spider dragline silks.
In 2016, Kraig produced four new distinct transgenic lines, which use the most complex genetic designs in the company’s history. On top of the new lines, the lab also produced a new genetic insertion design for more effective gene splicing. This new design incorporated the properties of our Dragon Silk and Monster Silk into a single construction. This experiment to merge Monster Silk’s elasticity focus with the strength focus of Dragon Silk into a single package was the logical next step for the technology.
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