Evolva has announced the completion of a limited purpose cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) to support the US Navy in jointly developing next-generation fire-resistant materials.

Under the CRADA, Evolva will collaborate with the US Navy for the development, validation and potential commercialisation of new lightweight, fire-resistant composite materials to reduce potential harm or loss of life due to fire.

The fire-resistant, advanced materials can be used on aircraft, waterborne craft, fabrics, armoured vehicles, and in construction.

“This agreement highlights and validates the versatility of our product innovation platform and depth of our plant science expertise.”

The composite materials are based on a molecule that can be created on an industrial scale, leveraging on advanced biotechnology and fermentation, and then polymerised and shaped / moulded using standard fabrication techniques.

Evolva CEO Neil Goldsmith said: "This agreement highlights and validates the versatility of our product innovation platform and depth of our plant science expertise.

"This CRADA also illustrates just how far and wide Evolva is making inroads across multiple industries with its building-with-biology platform."

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This project is expected to create next-generation composite materials for the US Navy that can withstand fire, are stronger and lighter than aluminium, and are capable of enduring high temperatures.

These materials can also be more sustainably sourced, less expensive, and are said to offer a number of other advantages over existing composites.