CSIRO, Lonza JV advance insect silk

CSIRO, Lonza JV to advance insect silk

6:50 AM, 19th April 2012
CSIRO, Lonza JV to advance insect silk

BASEL, SWITZERLAND: Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Lonza, have entered a joint development agreement to advance and market exciting new insect silks for a broad range of medical and industrial applications. Insect silk is a potential key component in a wide range of new products and applications under development by the fast growing biotechnology manufacturing industry due to superior properties such as exceptional strength and toughness.

CSIRO is bringing scientific discovery, biomedical and materials science expertise to the partnership. Lonza brings its biotechnology and life-science product and service expertise to the partnership and is already providing process development for the recombinant bee silk protein. “Lonza is excited by the potential of insect silks as a relatively untapped route to sustainable and life enhancing products for our current markets and beyond, and it is encouraging to see such strong projects resulting from our Lonza innovation for future technology initiative,” said Allison Haitz, Head of Global Innovation, Lonza. 

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