Polopo CEO Maya Sapir Mir

Polopo CEO Maya Sapir Mir

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Op Ed: Maya Sapir-Mir, PhD, CEO and Co-Founder of PoLoPo, on Growing Animal Proteins from Potatoes

Maya Sapir-Mir is CEO and co-founder of PoLoPo, a molecular farming pioneer producing proteins directly in common crops, beginning with egg protein (ovalbumin) grown in potatoes. PoLoPo last year raised $2.3 million in pre-seed funding and recently unveiled its molecular farming platform, SuperAA, for producing key proteins ovalbumin and patatin. Maya has nearly ten years of experience in the biotech industry and agricultural R&D and holds a PhD in plant sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She performed post-doctoral work at the Volcani Institute, Israel’s leading agricultural R&D facility, in protein identification, extraction, and characterization in plants and microorganisms. Here, she explains the importance of this emerging biotechnology; “Instead of inefficiently growing plants to feed animals crowded in factory farms, molecular farming gives us …


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Motif FoodWorks Partners with IngredientWerks to Explore Creating Animal-Free Heme From Corn

Food tech startup Motif FoodWorks announces it is partnering with IngredientWerks, an agtech ingredients company, to develop high-value plant-based proteins for the alt-protein market. Through the research partnership, the two companies say they will explore new ways to optimize heme protein production through molecular farming.  According to Motif, the partners have begun an exploratory study aimed at recreating Motif’s HEMAMI™ ingredient using corn. HEMAMI is used to give plant-based meats the same flavor and aroma as animal-based meat, and is said to be bioidentical to the bovine heme protein found in beef. IngredientWerks will aim to produce Motif’s HEMAMI using broad-acre crops such as corn. If successful, Motif says enabling crop protein production in its ingredient strategy will lower both production costs and the carbon footprint …


Bright Biotech founder Mohammad El Hajj

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Cultivated, Cell-Cultured & Biotechnology

Bright Biotech Closes Oversubscribed Round for “Game-Changing” Plant Chloroplast Technology

UK-based Bright Biotech has secured $3.2 million in funding in an oversubscribed seed round. The startup’s technology harnesses valuable proteins in the chloroplasts of plants that can help cultivated meat companies achieve industrial production affordably. More expensive than diamonds Growth factors make up at least 55% of the marginal cost of cultivated meat. According to Bright Biotech, astonishingly, growth factors can cost several million dollars per gram making them more expensive by weight than diamonds. As a solution to this bottleneck, the Manchester startup says it can manufacture and supply premium growth factors at minimal cost using proteins produced by plants, through an innovative technology that harnesses chloroplasts to express large amounts of high-value proteins with large yields. It adds that its chloroplast-based expression is light-driven, …


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Stock market

$504M Moolec to Become “World’s First” Molecular Farming FoodTech Listed on Nasdaq

Moolec Science has entered a new business agreement that will see it become the first molecular farming foodtech to be listed on Nasdaq. The foodtech ingredient pioneer is aiming to become a category creator in the alternative protein landscape and has entered a definitive business combination agreement with LightJump Acquisition Corp, a special purpose acquisition company. UK-based Moolec focuses on developing real animal proteins in plants using molecular farming; a scalable, affordable, and sustainable technology which is the production of animal proteins using plants as small factories. The transaction sets Moolec’s proforma equity value at $504 million and upon closing the combined company is expected to be listed on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “MLEC”.  Targeting the rapidly expanding alt protein sector, Moolec claims its …


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Moolec Science Expands Portfolio in Mission to “Address Dependency of Animal Proteins in Every Segment of the Food Industry”

Moolec Science, a global Ag-Foodtech company based in the UK whose purpose is improving the affordability of animal-free food solutions, presents its latest two developments which join its working portfolio of meat analogs made with blends of soybean with selected porcine proteins and pea with bovine proteins.


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Company News

Moolec Science: Using Molecular Farming to Make Alternative Proteins

Moolec Science is working on developing meat substitutes through “molecular farming” — the use of plant cells to produce large quantities of a substance from proteins. Previously, this technology was mostly used in the pharmaceutical industry. But after Moolec’s founders saw that it had other applications, the company was born.