Aderans, Biotech Firm to Develop Near-Natural Artificial Hair

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Tokyo, March 19 (Jiji Press)--Japanese wig maker Aderans Co. said Tuesday it has teamed with bioventure firm Spiber Inc. to develop protein-based artificial hair that is similar to natural hair.

Tokyo-based Aderans and Spiber, based in Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture, northeastern Japan, aim to commercialize the artificial hair in two years.

The artificial hair "will be made 100 pct from protein," Aderans President Yoshihiro Tsumura said. "Its strongest point will be that it does not easily break. It would be possible to get the hair permed and colored."

In the collaboration, Aderans will utilize its hair-related technologies, including those to reproduce the unique feel and properties of natural hair.

Spiber will contribute by providing its proprietary technologies to design proteins at the genetic level and produce them through fermentation in microorganisms.

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