Cell culture media formulas are a closely guarded secret in the nascent cell-cultured meat industry, says Bangalore-based Richcore Lifesciences. However, they typically contain water, amino acids (lysine, arginine etc), sugars (glucose), salts, vitamins, buffering agents, recombinant proteins (albumin, transferrin etc) and growth factors (FGF, IGF, TGF etc), which send signals to encourage cells to do certain things such as proliferate or differentiate. And catalog prices for the latter can run into thousands of dollars a gram, which is fine if you’re using them to culture cells in a laboratory, but presents challenges if you’re using them to produce tons of meat, said Richcore Lifesciences, which has 15 years’ experience in producing recombinant proteins from various microbial expression systems (such as bacteria and fungi) for the pharmaceutical industry, and is now turning its attention to food.
Food tech-focused firm Finistere Ventures announced today the launch of its Finistere Aotearoa Fund done in partnership with New Zealand Growth Capital Partners. The $40 million NZD (~$28.1 million USD) fund will support early-stage companies developing technologies for agriculture, alternative protein, supply chain, and other areas of food tech.
For such a small country, Israel has a disproportionately high number of alternative meat startups – over 50, according to Nir Goldstein, the managing director of the Good Food Institute Israel. This should come as no surprise: Israel’s startup ecosystem frequently ranks among the best in the world. But there is ample support for alt-meat innovation in particular. “The market is so hot that we don’t know of any alt-protein startup that hasn’t been able to raise seed funding,” says Goldstein.
Florida-based venture capital firm Clear Current Capital announces its new impact fund focusing on early stage investments in US companies in the plant-based food, cell-cultured meat and fermented food spaces, as well as other mission-aligned enterprises. Fund ll expands the mission of Clear Current Capital, by creating additional resources focused on environmental sustainability, animal cruelty, and large-scale industrial food, as well as providing climate, health, and food transparency solutions.
The New Food Invest is a 3-in-1 conference format, catering for three different time zones on a single day: it provides convenient access for the Asian/Australian market followed by the European/Middle Eastern region and closes with a focus on the North & South American continent. Each NFI ticket grants access to all sessions and leverages the value of the event, providing you with 12 hours of attractive programming.
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Cellular agriculture is an emerging field that has the potential to mitigate many of the issues within our food systems and provide an alternative solution. You may be wondering – what is cellular agriculture? Cellular agriculture, also known as cultured or cultivated meat, is where agricultural products (such as meat, milk, and leather) are produced – without the use of livestock. The agricultural products are instead developed from cell cultures using a combination of the sciences including techniques found in biotechnology, tissue engineering, molecular biology, and synthetic biology.
This course is timely since it touches a hot topic, which is relevant to society, industry and consumers in general. It is relevant to the field of Food Science in that it brings forth the current commitments towards healthier and more sustainable food systems and will constitute a platform for UCPH participation and contribution to shaping the food scene in Denmark and EU. This course is inscribed in the strategy Gastronomy 2025 of the Danish Ministry of Food & Environment, and the EU FOOD 2030 Agenda.
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Consumer acceptance will be crucial to the success of cellular agriculture. But will Europeans be willing to try and buy cultured products? This webinar will explore consumer acceptance of cultured meat in Europe, with a special focus on a study conducted in France and Germany, that ProVeg collaborated on.
The development of a plant-based, inexpensive media for growth of cultivated meat cells is a key technical hurdle in further commercialization of cultivated meat products. Generatinging a viable alternative to expensive pharmaceutical grade medium is not an easy problem to solve, as it requires experimental optimization of at least 20-30 potential media ingredients simultaneously. Join Dr. Block as he discusses novel experimental optimization methods that can be used to develop new, less expensive media for cultivated meat.
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Humans are currently eating more meat than our planet can afford. Raising animals for food is resource intensive. The rise in global meat consumption has dire consequences for human health, our agricultural industry, the environment, biodiversity, and animal welfare. Fortunately, there’s an effective way to solve this growing problem. Cellular agriculture is an emerging research field dedicated to producing meat, eggs, milk, and leather directly from animals’ cells rather than whole animals.