Cultured Meat

Cell-cultured meat and seafood could provide a healthier, more ethical and sustainable alternative to conventional animal protein. As technology enabler, we aim to accelerate the emerging field of cultured meat


Accelerating an emerging industry

As the world population is growing, so is the demand for animal protein. But if climate change reduces the amount of land and water available for farming, we need to get smarter about how we produce food. Cultured meat, also referred to as clean, cultivated or cell-based meat, could be the answer. By producing meat and seafood in a bioreactor instead of a farm, consumers could choose an alternative to conventional meat that has the potential to be healthier, more ethical and better for our planet:

Supports better health

  • No antibiotics use
  • Free of pathogens and parasites
  • Allows usage of healthy additives, such as vitamins

Ethically produced

  • No need for animal slaughter

Environmentally friendly

  • Less greenhouse emissions
  • Less land and water usage

Meeting critical technology challenges

Many startups are already working  towards making commercialization of cultured meat a reality. However, the field is still in its nascency and scaling up the production process and reducing cost remain as key challenges. As a leading supplier to the biopharma industry and through our expertise in areas such as cell culture media and bioprocessing technologies, we aim to accelerate the emerging industry of cell-based meat and become a technology enabler, from R&D to the efficient scale-up of  production.

By partnering with companies who are looking to commercialize clean meat, we aim to offer our knowledge and manufacturing expertise to help propel them to overcome critical technological challenges.

Examples of these technology challenges include:  

  • Formulations for cost-effective cell culture media that is free of any animal-derived material (such as fetal bovine serum) Learn more about how we are tackling this challenge here.
  • Bioreactors, bioprocess design and automation platforms that enable growth and differentiation of multiple cell types simultaneously
  • Biodegradable or edible scalable scaffolds to support cell adherence, vascularization and media perfusion

Are you a scientist working on next-generation bioreactor designs?
Boost your research and apply for our company’s Research Grant for cultured meat: We are awarding innovative concepts reimagining existing technologies to fit performance efficiency, cost and sustainability requirements. The program is open to scientists globally in all career stages who are affiliated with any research-based institution, university or company. Submissions are until 31 August 2020. Learn more and apply here.

 

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Partner with us

The Cultured Meat Innovation Field is led by our Silicon Valley Innovation Hub. Are you interested in collaborating or partnering with us to jointly drive the scale-up of cultured meat? Get in touch!

Lavanya Anandan

Head of Innovation Field Cultured Meat

Thomas Herget

Head of Innovation Hub Silicon Valley

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