Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. (Trading Symbol: KBLB) is applying its proprietary genetic engineering technology to find solutions in the areas of material science. We are developing commercial polymers (fibers) which we believe will have broad applications for the multi billion dollar textile industry and in the market place for high strength materials.

Our investments in genetic research are focused on product development and innovative near term solutions to the practical problems of our world. These investments have recently resulted in our widely heralded success in developing recombinant spider silks and the first ever technology for commercial production of the same.

Life Science and Genetic Technology

Spider Silk is among the strongest fibers produced in nature. Some spider species are capable of producing up to seven different types of silk depending upon the spider's particular need at that time. For example, a spider will use one type of silk to make the structural supports for it web, and another type to wrap its captured pray. Drag line silk, the silk used when a spider is repelling, is of particular commercial interest. This natural polymer is both extremely strong and extremely flexible. These properties of the underlying polymer create the potential for exciting commercial opportunities.

Kraig has obtained the exclusive right, in our field of research, for the spider silk gene sequences which are at the core of our technology. These genetic sequences were first studied and subsequently patented by Dr. Lewis of the University of Wyoming. In early 2006, the company obtained certain exclusive rights from the University to utilize the sequences in our field of use.

The Challenge: Production of Recombinant (genetically modified) Spider Silk

Hailed as one of nature’s most remarkable materials, spider silk is made when spiders spin liquid protein into solid fibers. While the superior properties of spider silks are well known, there was no known way to produce the fibers in commercial quantity. The spiders are cannibalistic, and cannot be raised in concentrated colonies. Until now, this technological barrier has stymied spider silk production.

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories obtained proprietary genetic engineering technology to unlock the mystery. This web site previously stated that Kraig was working to reduce its technology to practice. That changed with the public announcement of our success on September 29, 2010. We are now moving rapidly toward the commercialization of new recombinant fibers and textiles..

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