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USU Inaugurates Bioproducts’ Facility to Manufacture Synthetic Spider Silk

Published on 2015-02-12. Author : SpecialChem

Utah State University conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly constructed Bioproducts Scale-Up Facility at its Innovation Campus. The facility is designed for the production of large amounts of synthetic spider silk for commercial use. The idea for the facility started with the research of USU Professor Randy Lewis and his work in the development of synthetic spider silk. Soon, the university realized that the synthetic spider silk could be commercialized for products like ligament and tendon repair, advanced coatings, high-tech clothing, parachutes and airbags, to name a few. It can also be used to create a gel that, when combined with medication, can be injected to provide long-term drug delivery.

About USU

Utah State University (USU) is a public research university in Logan, Utah. Founded in 1888 as Utah's agricultural college, USU focused on agriculture, domestic arts, and mechanic arts. The university now offers programs in liberal arts, engineering, business, economics, natural resource sciences, as well as nationally ranked elementary & secondary education programs. The university has eight colleges and offers a total of 176 bachelor's degrees, 97 master's degrees, and 38 doctoral degrees. It is a land-grant and space-grant institution accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Source: USU

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