Designing a clean meat platform based on scalable cellular building blocks and matching processing methodologies
Offering nutritional values and eating experience equivalent to conventional meat-like without harming animals or the environment, cultured meat is considered one of the leading solutions to the expected global food crisis. The development of means to meet the technical challenges facing this pioneering field is, therefore, crucial. Aiming to address these challenges, we develop a novel technological groundwork for cultured meat, by harnessing tissue engineering methodologies along with food engineering technologies.
Our research is focused on the development of commercially viable platforms for cell expansion and scaffolding, using sustainable and affordable materials structured through scalable techniques to produce different cultured meat products ranging from minced meat to thick cuts. We engineer different types of cell-supporting edible microcarriers, which can be cellularized using a scalable, commercially-viable bioreactor system. To apply these cellularized carriers as the building blocks of cultured meat, we develop processing technologies that are based on the incorporation of edible oil-based gel microparticles, enzymatic reactions, and re-structuring technologies―all developed for this particular purpose and tailored for each clean meat application.