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We are commercializing spider silk from engineered silkworms which is five times tougher than Kevlar. First versions are ready to roll out.

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Biotechnology
  • Location Charlotte, NC, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded March 2007
  • Employees 2
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Company Summary

We engineer spider silk genes into the common silk worm, producing spider silk at commercial scale using the established production capacity for silk. 5X tougher than Kevlar, the $2.3 billion global ballistic market ($1 billion in the US) is growing at 5-6% annually. The body armor market is 65% military, 35% law enforcement. Other markets: biomedical scaffolding for growing replacement organs, skin, tendons; also ropes, composites, and textiles.


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    David Brigham

    Dr. David Brigham, PhD (Entomology), is the founder of the company and Chief Scientist. He has been working in the fields of entomology, biochemistry, molecular biology and biotechnology for over 20 years. Dr. Brigham received his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University and brings strengths in procurement of grants, interaction with regional, state, and national biotechnology and economic development organizations.

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    Alex Macris

    Alexander Macris is a graduate of Harvard Law School (magna cum laude 2000). He founded WarCry while still in school. Selling WarCry in 2001, he co-founded Themis Group, which he sold in 2012 to Alloy Digital LLC. Themis was a 2006 Top 35 Wall Street Journal Winning Workplace and 2010 CED North Carolina Company to Watch. Alex was named a 2010 Business Leader Mover & Shaker and 2011 Top 50 Catalyst Entrepeneur by Business Leader Magazine.


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    Jacob Okun
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    Jeff Heybruck

Previous Investors

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    North Carolina BioTechnology Center
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    NC Idea