Myocopia & University of Helsinki develop growth free medium

Myocopia / University of Helsinki

Cultivated Meat

University of Helsinki Develops “Game-Changing” Cultivated Meat Technology Without Growth Medium Using Stem Cells

Pekka Katajisto of the University of Helsinki’s HiLIFE (Helsinki Institute of Life Science) and his team at the Myocopia project have developed a technology based on stem cell research that they believe would allow the large-scale production of cultivated meat, thus bringing affordable products to the market. The Myocopia researchers argue that cultivating meat in bioreactors relies on expensive growth factors to make the cells grow and differentiate, and these costs hinder cultivated meat companies from growing sufficient volumes of meat cost-effectively. However, after researching how cellular metabolism regulates the division and differentiation of muscle stem cells, the Myocopia team has found another approach to achieve the same cell behavior without using a growth medium. “I believe our innovation is going to be a game …


Roslin - Ernst van Orsouw

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Investments & Acquisitions

Roslin Tech Raises £11M, Aims to Be Leading Animal Cell Line Provider for Cultivated Meat

Scotland’s Roslin Technologies has raised £11 million in a Series A funding round, fuelling its mission to become the leading provider of animal cell lines for use in cultivated meat. The round was led by life sciences investor Novo Holdings. Roslin is notable for being the only commercial supplier of pluripotent stem cells, which can self-renew infinitely and grow into numerous types of animal tissue. The company already supplies customers in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. With the help of the funding, Roslin will expand its cell line portfolio and further develop protocols to scale up its cells into cost-competitive biomass for meat production. Accelerating development In the summer of 2021, Roslin appointed new CEO Ernst van Orsouw in order to begin …


cells grown without serum

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Cultivated, Cell-Cultured & Biotechnology

New Stem Cell Lines That Can Be Grown Without Serum Could Slash the Cost of Cultivated Meat

Scientists obtain animal stem cells that can be grown without serum, with the potential to dramatically reduce the production costs of cultivated meat. Researchers from the University of Nottingham‘s School of Biosciences, in collaboration with the Universities of Cambridge, Exeter, Tokyo, and Meiji, have developed stem cell lines that can be grown under chemically defined conditions. This breakthrough could make it possible to produce cultivated meat without serum, feeder cells, or antibiotics. Currently, most cultivated meat production relies on fetal bovine serum (FBS), which is expensive, of inconsistent quality, and has attracted ethical concerns. The ability to cultivate cells in a chemical growth medium could greatly improve the consistency and safety of cultivated products, as well as dramatically cutting costs. For the purposes of the …