High-yield plant based manufacturing of bioengineered spider silk (Phytosilk)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-06-C-0101
Agency Tracking Number: A064-015-0327
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-T015
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
ORBITAL TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION (ORBITE
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive, Madison, WI, 53717
DUNS: 196894869
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Morrow
 (608) 827-5000
 morrowr@orbitec.com
Business Contact
 Thomas Crabb
Title: Vice President/CFO
Phone: (608) 827-5000
Email: crabbt@orbitec.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA-RIVERSIDE
 Cynthia Parish
 Sponsored Programs Admin
Riverside, CA, 92521
 (951) 827-5535
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The high strength to weight and elasticity properties of spider silk make it of significant interest for the production of advanced fibers for military and civilian applications. Plants may offer the only feasible mechanism to produce quantities of spider silk proteins sufficient to sustain large scale manufacturing of these high performance fibers. Successful implementation of bioengineered spider silks requires appropriate genetic constructs, crop plants that can be successfully transformed with the constructs, and the technology and protocols necessary to produce high yields of the expressed protein. This project proposes to bring together plants transformed with spider dragline silk constructs from the University of California-Riverside with advanced environmental control technologies and protocols developed by Orbital Technologies Corporation to provide a system capable of high yield spider silk protein production.

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