Evolva to develop new composite materials with US Navy

Applications include fire resistant coatings and structural materials for use in aircraft, waterborne craft, fabrics and construction.

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Biotechnology company Evolva (Reinach Switzerland) has completed a Limited Purpose Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to support the joint development of composite materials with the US Navy. The focus of the efforts supported by this CRADA relate to the development, validation and potential commercialization of new lightweight, fire-resistant composite materials to save lives and reduce harm from fire.

Applications of these advanced materials include aircraft, waterborne craft, fabrics, armored vehicles and construction materials. These “next-generation”composite materials are based on a molecule that can be manufactured on an industrial scale using advanced biotechnology and fermentation, and then polymerized and shaped/molded using standard fabrication techniques.

If successful, this project would create for the US Navy novel composite materials that are fire resistant, stronger and lighter than aluminum, and capable of withstanding high temperatures. Evolva claims that the materials would also be more sustainably sourced, less expensive, and offer a number of other advantages over existing composites.

“This agreement highlights and validates the versatility of our product innovation platform and depth of our plant science expertise,” said Evolva CEO Neil Goldsmith. “This CRADA also illustrates just how far and wide Evolva is making inroads across multiple industries with its building-with-biology platform."