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Mussel Power

Ben Franklin client Mussel Polymers mimics the protein chemistry used in mussels in its hunt for glues that are super-strong, non-toxic, and that stick under water or inside the body.

The polystyrene system is the basis of a start-up company called Mussel Polymers (MPI) ( With labs in Ben Franklin TechVentures, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, MPI has licensed a base technology from Purdue, with Wilker as lead scientist. MPI’s main focus is on adhesive bonding in wet environments, including marine and biomedical applications. But it is also looking at other applications, including cosmetics. More via SCI