474994 How Bolt Threads Is Using Chemical and Process Engineering to Grow Its Business of Engineering Silk (Featured Presentation)

Thursday, November 17, 2016: 10:18 AM
Continental 9 (Hilton San Francisco Union Square)
Daniel Widmaier, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of California - San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Bolt Threads is a startup that believes that the combination of molecular biology, chemical engineering, and materials science can revolutionize how people think about and use natural materials. Bolt is developing the next generation of sustainable apparel by leveraging the latest advances in industrial biotechnology, automation, and materials science. The company is producing spider silk, a notoriously strong and lightweight material that scientists have tried to commercialize for decades. Bolt’s secret weapon is chemical and process engineering, which allows it to do what its predecessors couldn’t: scale up its technology. From bench scale to industrial scale, process engineering is the foundation of building this high growth startup business. Leveraging the unique properties of its fibers, Bolt Threads will be delivering new products to consumers and brands worldwide.

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