On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the Thuringian Institute of Textile and Plastics Research (TITK) has inaugurated a 1.5 million euro center to develop biopolymers—new fibers made from renewable raw materials. The Rudolstadt, Germany-based Institute employs around 100 scientists and researchers generating annual sales of €15 million. Through its research department, TITK helps small and medium-sized companies in product innovations. In recent years, TITK has focused on research in fibrous materials. The new center has been set up on 1,000 square meters of area and offers ten jobs in the field of textile research. The fibers developed in TITK will be used in making fabrics that protect the wearer from mosquito and insect bites and would be useful in making T-shirts, jackets, trousers and socks, among other items.