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The original spin-out from the Oxford Silk Group was Spinox Ltd in 2001, which in 2004 morphed into Oxford Biomaterials Ltd. Oxford Biomaterials is dedicated to R&D of silk-based materials and presently focuses on regenerating silk fibroins for reprocessing, and on their applications in regenerative medicine.

In 2008 OBM spun out Orthox, a UK leader in the development of silk-based medical devices designed to repair and regenerate damaged cartilage.

In 2019 OBM spins out out Newrotex Ltd a UK leader in the development of silk bridges devices designed to repair and regenerate damaged nerves.

Spintex, the newest (2019) spinout from the University of Oxford and Oxford Silk Group, artificially spins the highest performance silk fibres available, through a spider inspired process. 1000x more energy efficient than synthetic plastic fibres, they do not use hazardous chemicals and the only by-product is water. Initially, Spintex's fibres are finding use in sustainable fashion textiles, but developments in strength and toughness will reach new markets in advanced technical textiles, including lightweight composites for aerospace and automotive industries, and biocompatible medical textiles for a multitude of healthcare problems.

Additionally, the Oxford Silk Group has co-founded the Oxford Bionics Initiative, a programme designed to spearhead research at Oxford University into Nature's relationship with, and exploitation of, her physical environment.


Recent News

December 2020

Two new studies have found that spiders can not only catch prey efficiently even when webs are severely distorted, but also build a normal web even when the structures to which it is anchored are continually moving

November 2020

This paper reviewed in Scientific American examines an interesting and potentially very important paradigm of morphological computing to study and test new ideas about the next generation of robots.

November 2019

Prof. Fritz Vollrath and colleagues from the Fudan University in China are widely covered in the news for their discovery of a means to produce fake Rhino horns using horse hair. Hopes are that this product may undermine the illegal market for rhino horn, and demistify the properties of rhino horn. View Here

October 2019

Scientists from the universities of Oxford, Shanghai and Beijing discovered how it can be that natural silks get stronger as they get colder. View Here

September 2019

Our latest Spin-out Spintex Engineering will use Aquamelt TM spinning technology to manufacture spider-type filaments


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