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· Startup Hitches Ride on ISS to Make Space Meat
… Aleph Farms showed might be possible in an experiment on the International Space Station last week, where it grew small-scale muscle tissue from bovine cells using equipment made by the Russian company 3D Bioprinting Solutions…
· Aleph Farms completes slaughter-free meat experiment in space
… The new investment will allow Aleph Farms to transform this prototype into a commercial product that will grow in bio-farm facilities similar to dairy facilities…
Startup Hitches Ride on ISS to Make Space Meat
Gwen Ackerman, Bloomberg Quint
October 08 2019
(Bloomberg) -- In the world of artificial meats, you can’t get more alien than growing your beef in space.
That’s what the Israeli startup Aleph Farms showed might be possible in an experiment on the International Space Station last week, where it grew small-scale muscle tissue from bovine cells using equipment made by the Russian company 3D Bioprinting Solutions.
“We are working on a new method to produce the same meat, but in a way that uses less than half of the greenhouse gasses,” said Didier Toubia, co-founder and chief executive officer of Aleph Farms, noting that the experiment was preliminary and just a proof of concept. “The experiment in space shows that meat can be cultivated in the harshest conditions, meaning anywhere, anytime and for anyone.”
Consumers, cutting down on meat intake for dietary reasons or concern for environment, have already been introduced to plant-based burgers, sausage and other meat-like products.
Beyond Meat Inc., a company that touts its production process as more humane and sustainable than livestock production, has seen its stock soar since its early May debut price. The market for such plant-based products is expected to reach $27.9 billion by 2025 according to research firm Markets and Markets, and Beyond Meat already competes with Impossible Foods Inc. Kellogg Co., Nestle and Tyson Foods Inc., among others.
While partly a publicity stunt, the experiment’s goal was to help the Aleph Farms advance its research into meat production in harsh conditions without depending on natural resources, the company said. The U.S.-based Meal Source Technologies and Finless Food also participated in the experiment.
While Aleph Farms’ proof of concept in space was successful, even on Earth it will take at least three years before consumers will be able to buy its steaks or burgers, according to company estimates...
Aleph Farms completes slaughter-free meat experiment in space
By Ryan McCarthy, Meat+Poultry
REHOVOT, Israel — Aleph Farms Ltd., an Israeli start-up that grows meat cuts directly from cattle cells, announced on Oct. 7 that it finished its latest out-of-this-world meat experiment.
The company completed its first slaughter-free meat experiment last week on the International Space Station. Small scale muscle tissue from bovine cells was grown with assistance from Russian company 3D Bioprinting Solutions.
Other collaborators on the project included US-based companies Meal Source Technologies and Finless Foods.
“This joint experiment marks a significant first step toward achieving our vision to ensure food security for generations to come, while preserving our natural resources,” said Didier Toubia, co-founder and CEO of Aleph Farms.
The company said its production method of making slaughter-free beef steaks relies on mimicking a natural process of muscle-tissue regeneration occurring inside the cow’s body but under controlled conditions.
Co-founded by The Kitchen in 2017, Aleph Farms grows meat directly from beef cells using a 3D tissue engineering platform. Aleph Farms discovered a way to isolate the cells responsible for that process and grow them outside the animal to form the same muscle tissue typical to steaks.
Aleph Farms released its prototype in December 2018, demonstrating the company could grow steak directly from bovine cells. The new investment will allow Aleph Farms to transform this prototype into a commercial product that will grow in bio-farm facilities similar to dairy facilities. The company plans to begin building these farms within three to five years.
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