Life cycle of Bombyx mori (Mori, 1970)
Breeding of silkworms and the production of silk is an ancient activity for our country. Bulgaria was ranked 1st in Europe and 8th in the world on the production of silk per capita till the end of the 20th century, regarding not only its quantity, but also quality.
Silk is a continuous filament within each cocoon, having a usable length of about 600 to 900 meters (2,000 to 3,000 feet).
The production of silk generally involves the processing the normal cocoons like drying, reeling processing, filature operations, manufacturing of silk yarns and finishing of the silk fabric.
Technical Textiles – The New Wave
Silk cocoons are fully sustainable, non-perishable and climate-smart agricultural products. They are also very light, tough composites. Using cocoons as base materials, in combination with equally sustainable fillers should help us make sustainable composites with many layers of complexity.
The New Silk Wave – Medicine & Pharmacy Industries /MedTech/:
There are many possibilities we are focused:
Biocompatible silk fibers are used actively in operations. Scientists even try to develop blood vessels and heart valves using these fibers. Silk is extremely comfortable for work and bonding, and the knots are well characterized.
Optical Devices industrial plant – Development of biosensor and bio detector silk implants that are placed under the muscle fibers in a specific part of the body and have the ability to restore tissues. A 100-micron thick silk film through which 90-95% of the falling light of the entire visible spectrum passes is used for the needs of ophthalmology.
We are looking for joint development opportunities in specific medical technology applications such as implant coating and innovative product design with a reasonable time to market.