Quest Meat – Isolation and expansion of cells from beef cattle for future food production
The world’s population is expected to reach 10bn in the next 30 years. Current food production systems cannot feed all these people. Meat production is particularly inefficient from an environmental standpoint due to land use, water use and carbon emissions. Unless we innovate now, environmental catastrophe will lead to famine and disease. Cultivated meat is emerging as a solution, that uses industrial cell culture to create meat. Current bottlenecks are technical challenges for industrial scale manufacture and it’s associated cost.
With support from Pera International in the current project, Quest Meat are addressing the production of bovine stem cell banks that can be used for cultivated beef production. They will undertake experiments to optimise the initial isolation and expansion of cells, so as to maximise the proliferation potential of this critical raw input material for cultivated meat production. Data will be generated on cell characteristics including cell recovery, cell yields post-expansion, cell growth rates, metabolite data and sterility data. Collectively this data will support the establishment of a novel food production system, in the form of a new way of generating meat.
Name: Prof Ivan Wall
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Address: Quest Meat Limited, Birmingham Research Park, 97 Vincent Drive, Birmingham, B15 2SQ