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Apr 18, 2012

Australia's CSIRO & Lonza Announce Partnership to Develop Bee Silk & Other Insect Silk For Medical/Industrial Supplies

Woven Artificial Bee Silk
Photo: CSIRO
Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Lonza announced on 18 April 2012 that they had entered into a partnership to identify, develop and bring to market bee silk and other insect silk products.  These are to be produced sustainably and used for a wide range of industrial and medical applications.

Together CSIRO and Lonza will use biotechnology to convert recombinant bee and other insect silk into a range of different forms - micro-particles, sponges, and spun fibers for knitted and woven fabrics. One of its special characteristics is that insect silk is especially tough and strong.  Products from insect silk can be used in the aviation and marine industries.  It can also be used for medical applications including wound repair, drug delivery, and repairing and replacing human tissues such as membranes, ligaments, blood vessels and cartilage. CSIRO and Lonza will be exploring other applications.

For more see: "CSIRO and Lonza partner to bring new bee silk products to the world," CSIRO Press Release, 18 April 2012.

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