AMSilk Biosteel, Next-gen Silk, Material Innovation Initiative, Alternative Silk, Alternative textile.
AMSilk
Material Name: 

Biosteel®

Biomimicry: 

Silk

Main Input: 

Microbe-derived

Founded: 

2008

HQ: 

Germany

TRL: 

5

Founder(s): 

Thomas Scheibel

Website: 
About the Company

Founded in 2008, AMSilk developed a patented, animal-free process to produce spider silk protein using genetically engineered microbes.

Material

AMSilk presented Biosteel® fiber in 2013. Biosteel is spider silk protein produced by genetically engineered microbes and spun into fiber.

Technology

Biosteel® fiber is microbe-derived. 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.

Applications

Fashion and accessories, footwear, home goods, and automotive. Performance shoe by Adidas made from Biosteel fiber in 2016.

Selected Brand Partnerships

Adidas, Airbus

Adidas' running shoes made with Biosteel®.

Adidas' running shoes made with Biosteel®.

Watch strap from Omega Nato made with Biosteel®.

Watch strap from Omega Nato made with Biosteel®.

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