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Modern Meadow unveils the name of its “animal-free” collagen material
2017/9/27 14:18:20 Source: Leatherbiz Author: 点击率:

Collagen biofabrication start-up Modern Meadow has given a new name to the material it makes. Its laboratory-made, “animal-free” collagen material will be called Zoa.

The company’s technology platform uses DNA editing tools to engineer specialised collagen-producing yeast cells. These cells are optimised to manufacture the type and quantity of collagen required. Once purified, the collagen can be formulated and assembled into Zoa, a material that the New Jersey-based company says brands will be able to use to make finished consumer products.

First-generation Zoa materials will go on display until October 12 at a pop-up exhibition Modern Meadow has arranged at 14, Crosby Street in Manhattan. A T-shirt combining Zoa and more conventional textiles, created by the company’s in-house design team, led by chief creative officer, Suzanne Lee, is to feature in a wider exhibition called ‘Is Fashion Modern?’ at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

In the build-up to the exhibition, which will run from October 1 to January 28, Ms Lee said: “Our technology enables designers to explore materials in exciting new ways, enabling never-seen-before functionality, aesthetics and performance possibilities. We are thrilled to be showcasing an example of our creative materials technology at MoMA, an institution respected worldwide for its dedication to design innovation and creative expression.”

Modern Meadow describes Zoa as “supple, durable, and flexible in form”. The company says it is currently partnering with “world-class brands across luxury and consumer goods categories” to make products using Zoa and says some of these products will come to market in 2018.

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