Meatable initiated the CLEANMEAT project in which the world’s first scalable method for production of cell-based meat is being developed. By using breakthrough patented single-cell technology, Meatable aims to ‘Feed the World with a single cell’. The scaffold to provide texture to the meat is being delivered by project partner Noviocell.
Environmental and sustainability benefit
Over-reliance on agriculturally reared meats has been identified as one of the major problems in achieving a sustainable world. Livestock farming is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, a highly inefficient use of land and also a major factor in the destruction of forests and natural habitats. Cell-based meat production has an estimated potential to reduce water consumption, agricultural land usage and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%, compared to conventional meat production.
Meatable’s mission is to produce better meats that benefit the world, starting with a single cell. Cell-based meat is no longer science fiction, but the culmination of breakthrough stem cell technologies and a game-changing patent created by scientists from Cambridge and Stanford universities.
“We are very happy to be involved in this supremely important project as it is fully in line with our mission to provide reliable solutions to the bioprocess market that will enable an improved quality of life,” said Timo Walvoort, Head of Product Development at Applikon.
“Providing the Meatable team our single-use stirred tank bioreactor AppliFlex ST and related technologies to cultivate the necessary iPSCs (stem cells) to high cell densities, makes us very proud” he added. “We are part of a true revolution in the meat industry”.
"We are happy to provide our technology for such a revolution as cultured meat" said Juliette van den Dolder, CEO of Noviocell
Single cell process
The unique Meatable process is able to take one cell from a cow, chicken, or pig to create both animal muscle cell AND fat cells that grow into clean, healthy, tasty meat for human consumption. This proprietary approach uses minimal resources to produce meat in just three weeks.
The technology can be applied to produce chicken, pork, and beef, which account for 90% of total global meat consumption. Unlike conventional meat or other cell-based meat products, no animals are harmed during the cell harvesting process and no additional animal support is needed after the cells are collected.
Overcoming scalability challenge
Solving the problem of scalability in the cell-based meat market is critical, and Meatable is poised to tackle that challenge head on with one cell.
Dr. Mark Kotter, neurosurgery clinician scientist and lecturer at University of Cambridge and co-inventor of the patented Meatable technology explaines: “In conjunction with the work of Professor Roger Pedersen at Stanford University, the technology my team has developed overcomes the scalability issues that have been holding back progress in this field. The cell lines we’ve developed proliferate indefinitely and produce millions of identical cells, at unprecedented purities and within a very short timeframe. The result is genuine tissue that does not require fetal bovine serum, which has been one of the biggest barriers to producing meat at scale.”
Bioreactors thus play a key role in growing the right cells and producing enough for a juicy burger. Backed by additional funds obtained from divers investors, like the local province of Zuid-Holland, the CLEANMEAT project team is moving towards rollout aiming to present its first product within three years.