INNOVATOR PROFILE

AMSILK

COMPANY INFORMATION

Founded: 2008

Headquarters: Munich, Germany

Website: AMSilk: Home

Biosteel® Fiber: Home

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COMPANY HISTORY

Founded in 2008, AMSilk developed a patented, animal-free process to produce spider silk using precision fermentation. AMSilk is currently the leading global producer of vegan and biodegradable silk compounds for use as textile fibers, cosmetic ingredients, and coatings for medical devices, with future applications in the automotive, aerospace, and pharmaceutical industries.

MATERIAL

AMSilk presented Biosteel® fiber in 2013. Biosteel is spider silk produced via precision fermentation.

TECHNOLOGY

Production process: Precision fermentation

Biosteel® fiber is made via precision fermentation. The gene that codes for spider silk protein is first inserted into bacteria. The engineered bacteria are placed in large bioreactor tanks with the necessary growth medium. The proteins produced by the bacteria are harvested and processed into fibers.

SUSTAINABILITY

Biosteel® fibers are produced with renewable resources and are 100% biodegradable. According to recent information from the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg index, silk produced using silkworms is the worst fabric for the environment. It is very likely that Biosteel fibers are considerably more sustainable than silkworm silk fibers in most - if not all - measures. Using precision fermentation to produce spider silk is certainly better in terms of animal welfare. 

SENSORY/TACTILE

Like spider silk produced by spiders, Biosteel fibers are light, strong, and elastic. These fibers are optimized for durability, moisture management, and odor control. In addition, Biosteel fibers can be tailored to the product application.

CURRENT APPLICATIONS

FASHION, ACCESSORIES, HOME GOODS, AUTOMOTIVE

Plans for applications in fashion and accessories, footwear, home goods, and automotive 

Performance shoe by Adidas made from Biosteel fiber in 2016.

Images from AMSilk Biosteel Fiber.

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