TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – Food tech company SuperMeat has received a grant from the Israeli Innovation Authority. SuperMeat plans to use the money to establish an open high-throughput screening system that will optimize cultivated meat feed ingredients, supplements and cell scaffolds for cultivated meat production and help the entire industry work toward commercial viability.
SuperMeat partnered with Thermo Fisher Scientific, provider of an advanced screening platform to support the development and operation of the system. SuperMeat will use the system to screen hundreds of thousands of materials every month, helping identify the highest quality ingredients with the lowest costs.
Optimization of the ingredients for the cell feed (media) will enable SuperMeat to significantly lower production costs, improve product quality and provide an open standard for cell feed ingredients that can be used by cultivated meat companies around the world moving toward commercialization.
“The Israeli Innovation Authority has long been a leader in innovation of all kinds,” said Ido Savir, chief executive officer of SuperMeat. “We are honored to receive its support to help pave the way to a standard for a healthier, more sustainable food system for all. The system establishment supported by this grant will allow SuperMeat to leverage the cultivated meat production technology it has built to help reduce costs and provide the cultivated meat industry an open platform for commercialization through its strategic partners globally.”
Recently, SuperMeat secured two other strategic partnerships to further the move toward commercialization. The first with Ajinomoto, a global food ingredient and biotechnology leader, to establish a commercially viable supply chain platform for the cultivated meat industry, and the second a signed memorandum of understanding with PHW Group, a poultry producer in Europe to manufacture and distribute cultivated meat at a large scale for European consumers.
SuperMeat aims to help remove the greatest barrier for cultivated meat commercialization, decrease the cost of cell feed and move commercial viability forward for the industry through these partnerships.