We develop and optimise cell culture media to help you reduce development costs and create an efficient process for scaling and producing cultivated meat.
Cultivated meat cells need everything that an animal needs to grow. For animals, it’s easy to convert food into all the energy and growth factors that their cells require. With fermentation systems, we need to provide each of these components in the culture media and tailor their concentrations for different cell lines.
What is in cultivated meat cell culture media?
Cell culture media typically contains a mix of amino acids, carbohydrates, lipids, minerals, and growth factors. The formulation may also contain transcription factors which vary depending on whether the cells are differentiating.
Animal-derived components like Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS) and trypsin are currently used in some cell culture processes. FBS in particular provides necessary nutrients and growth factors. However, the cultivated meat industry is moving away from using these in production.
How do we develop and optimise cell culture media?
Eliminating animal-derived compounds from cell culture media is the first step we take in developing more sustainable and ethical cultivated meat products.
Using automation and small-scale fermentations, we test a wide variety of culture media with your cells. We then apply a range of high-throughput analytical methods for gene expression, identity testing, metabolites, cell growth, differentiation, efficiency, biomarker expression, nutritional profile, and homogeneity and heterogeneity of the cell products.
This data-driven approach allows us to develop the optimal cell culture media for creating an efficient, effective, and high-quality cultivated meat product for your customers.