Developed with research partner Technion, Aleph Farms has debuted the world’s first cultivated, slaughter-free ribeye steak using 3D bioprinting and cellular agriculture technologies, the company announced on Tuesday (February 9). The proprietary technology used to grow the ribeye steak, using real cow cells and without any GMOs, marks yet another achievement for the food tech, who has already under its belt a cultured thin-cut steak and is now planning to continue expanding its cultivated meat portfolio.
“You need a 3D printer to mimic the structure of the muscle of the animal,” CEO Eshchar Ben-Shitrit told Reuters. The machines to be launched next year will be able to print 20kg an hour and eventually hundreds, at a lower cost than real meat. Founded in 2018, the company raised $6 million last year in a round led by CPT Capital, an investor in Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. Hanaco Venture Capital and German poultry group PHW also invested.