An aquaculture researcher from the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) has secured a seed grant from US-based research institute New Harvest to develop cell-based crayfish meat.The grant recipient, Lisa Musgrove, will be using the funds to investigate crayfish growth factors and cell culture during her Honours degree in 2021, under the supervision of USC GeneCology Research Centre scientist, Dr. Tomer Ventura. Musgrove will be the first Australian to receive a grant from New Harvest, one of the only sources for funding academic research in cellular agriculture.
The U.S. government awarded a total of $3.55 million, to be dispersed over five years, to a team of researchers at UC Davis for open-access cultivated meat research. The researchers will receive $1.15 million upfront and unlock an additional $2.4 million upon demonstration of sufficient progress in the first two years of the project. This grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) represents the U.S. government’s biggest investment in cultivated meat research ever. It’s also the first cultivated meat grant that the U.S. government has awarded to a university and not to a company.
The state’s Minister for Jobs, Investment and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayers, announced that North Parramatta-based start-up VOW has been awarded the grant funding in order to develop its technology that sees meat cultivated from animal cells.VOW was established in March this year, according to the LinkedIn profiles of its two founders, former Cochlear design lead Tim Noakesmith and George Peppou (pictured), program manager and start-up mentor at Cicada Innovations Incubator.
Media release of NSW Government :https://www.treasury.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/2019-08/20190816%20-%20Media%20Release%20-%20NSW%20Treasury%20-%20Western%20Sydney%20puts%20lab%20grown%20meat%20on%20the%20menu.pdf