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Inside Business: Spider silk products focus of new Fargo business

FARGO — A fledgling business called Brooks Biomimetics LLC has leased space in the Eastside Terminal at Hector International Airport.

The business, which is still in the startup stage, will explore various commercial uses of spider silk, said Benjamin Brooks, who owns the business with his wife, Amanda, a researcher at North Dakota State University.

Benjamin Brooks said his wife has studied spider silk for many years and the business will take that research even further.

He said there are many potential applications of spider silk, from medical uses like sutures and ligament replacement, to fishing line and bullet-proof vests.

He said right now the business is setting up office space, but eventually they hope to expand its footprint as the enterprise grows.

Dave Olson
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