Recap: Redefining Meat at #CMS20online

Publish Date

29 OCT 2020


Three days of insightful talks, discussions and virtual networking. The Cultured Meat Symposium 2020 Online was a resounding success – and opened the stage for two of our experts.

From October 19-21, the Cultured Meat Symposium 2020 Online inspired investors and entrepreneurs from around the globe to meet and discuss the emerging field of cell-cultured meat. Theme for this year’s virtual conference was ‘Redefining Meat’ and offered attendees a great line-up of speakers and inspiring sessions on the topics of regulation, automation, scale, and use of the technology in outer space.

As a technology enabler for this industry, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany was a proud sponsor of the conference and highlighted two of our highly qualified experts on stage. Aletta Schnitzler, our Head of Clean Meat R&D, presented cell culture media development approaches for scalable production of cultured meat and seafood. In her talk she shared exclusive insights from one of our innovation projects working towards optimized, efficient and serum-free cell culture media.

Luke Grocholl, Head of Food Regulatory Experts, presented an overview of the regulatory requirements for food production and their impact on the cultured meat industry (learn more in this blogpost). In addition to US food production requirements he also discussed some of the unique regulatory challenges for cultured meat, including qualifying cell line management, cell culture media, and bioreactors for food production.

Curious about Aletta’s and Luke’s talks? Check out the recording of their presentations here:

The hosts of the conference also publish a short-form podcast that invites industry experts to share their thoughts and ideas on the cell-based meat industry. The “Cultured Meat and Future Food” podcast and can be found on iTunes, Spotify, and other podcast publishing platforms. Stay tuned for an episode with Lavanya Anandan, our Head of Clean Meat Innovation Field, coming up in the next couple of weeks!

More insights from the Cultured Meat Conference 2020 Online can be found on Twitter via the Hashtag #CMS20online.