Accelerating an emerging industry
As the world population soars, so is the demand for animal protein. But as climate change threatens to reduce 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, 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
- No need for animal slaughter
- 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.
Project Spotlight: Optimizing cell culture media
To produce cultured meat at scale, cell culture media needs to be high-performing, suitable for animal cells, free of animal-derived materials and cost-efficient. We are tackling exactly this challenge. How?
From Bench to Fork: The Science behind Cultured Meat
What does it take to bring cultured meat from R&D to market? Watch our latest Innovator’s Club featuring Liz Specht from the Good Food Institute and Lavanya Anandan from our Silicon Valley Innovation Hub.
How Cultured Meat is produced
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!
Head of Innovation Field Cultured Meat
Head of Innovation Hub Silicon Valley