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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911NF-06-C-0101
Award Id:
78072
Agency Tracking Number:
A064-015-0327
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive, Madison, WI, 53717
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
196894869
Principal Investigator:
Robert Morrow
(608) 827-5000
morrowr@orbitec.com
Business Contact:
Thomas Crabb
Vice President/CFO
(608) 827-5000
crabbt@orbitec.com
Research Institute:
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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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