The 3D Bio-Tissues team.
CPI, a technology innovation centre, has partnered with 3D Bio-Tissues (3DBT) on a project that aims to increase cultured meat yields.
According to CPI, current methods of producing cultured meat deliver low yields and involve the use of animal-derived fetal bovine serum (FBS).
3DBT – a spin-out of Newcastle University – aims to use recent developments in cell and tissue engineering to develop a high-yield, serum-free growth medium for culturing meat cells in a laboratory environment.
CPI will use its experience to support 3DBT’s development of cell-feeding media incorporating a ‘new class’ of growth-promoting supplements that aim to eliminate the need for costly FBS.
By increasing yields and removing the need for animal-derived products, the initiative intends to make cellular agriculture more sustainable and economical.
Funded by a grant from Innovate UK, the project will be carried out at CPI’s National Biologics Manufacturing Centre in Darlington, UK.
“We are delighted to work with CPI on this project. The expert support will help us to transform the production of cultured meat, making it economical, sustainable and accessible,” said Dr Ricardo Gouveia, CSO at 3DBT.
“We hope this will not only make it more appealing to consumers, but will be crucial in meeting the nutritional needs of the growing population.”
Clare Trippett, chief technologist, biologics at CPI, added: “This project is an important step towards developing an efficient process for producing cultured meat at an industrial scale that will be accepted by consumers. We are looking forward to working with 3DBT on this exciting project.”
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