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Novel Bioprocess for Spider Silk Fiber Production

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-14-P-0010
Agency Tracking Number: A141-015-0696
Amount: $99,971.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A14-015
Solicitation Number: 2014.1
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-07-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-01-06
Small Business Information
350 W 800 N Suite 250
Salt Lake City, UT 84103-1441
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Mukund Karanjikar
 Innovation Manager
 (281) 217-3471
Business Contact
 Anant Samudra
Title: Manager
Phone: (801) 953-1047
Research Institution

The majority of the US petrochemicals industry is dependent upon petroleum crude or natural gas as raw materials. The excessive dependence on foreign energy resources poses a threat to the energy security of the nation. Materials produced from fossil sources also have a negative impact on the environment. Nylon (Nylon 6 and Nylon 6,6) is a major product of the petrochemical industry. The total Nylon demand in 2010 was 6.5 MMTPA growing at 4-6% in the past four years. It is imperative to develop alternative options for textile materials, automotive and other industrial uses that are currently being catered by nylon. Such new fibers can be renewable, offer better properties and be able be produced domestically at industrial scales. Spider silk (dragline silk) offers an excellent opportunity for domestic manufacturing. A novel process to produce spider silk proteins using metabolically engineered E. coli and fiber spinning from aqueous solution is proposed. The primary objective of the proposed innovation is to demonstrate techno-economic feasibility of producing spider silk fibers.

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