Umami Meats of Singapore today announces a research collaboration with food and nutrition scientists at Waters Corporation to develop laboratory methods for premium cultivated fish products.
Umami Meats is focused on the cultivation of premium fish that are on the IUCN’s (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List, are unsuitable for farming, and are endangered due to the overfishing of the oceans.
“Over 2 trillion fish are caught every year for human consumption”
In the past two months alone the company has made great strides including the filing of a “game-changing” patent for single-stem cell technology; a collaboration with Ingredion for cultivated fishcakes fillets; and the revealing of what it claims to be the world’s first cultivated fish ball laksa.
Waters operates a world-class research laboratory in Singapore which facilitates collaborations with industry and academic experts to expedite and drive advancements in food and water safety research. The laboratory provides access to advanced specialty technologies, scientific minds, and funding to support meaningful projects, according to the company.
“Over 2 trillion fish are caught every year for human consumption, and because most of these species cannot be farmed, many are being driven to extinction by overfishing. Our collaboration with Waters Corporation is a significant step towards developing an efficient, cost-effective process for producing cultivated fish,” said Mihir Pershad, CEO of Umami Meats.
“We strongly believe in the value of analytical data from scientific research tools to advance our development process and product quality, and we are excited by what will be possible with the network and support of the food and nutrition scientists at Waters’ research laboratory in Singapore,” adds Pershad.
“By collaborating with industry and academic experts we can help to expedite the efficient production of cultivated seafood for safe consumption, and drive advancements in food and water safety research,” said David Curtin, Vice President Asia Pacific, Waters Corporation. “Both Umami Meats and Waters share a common vision that innovative research is essential to the future safety and sustainability of our food and water supplies.”