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UK companies Quest Meat and Multus have formed an R&D partnership to co-develop a cell culture ingredients platform for cell-based meat production.


With support from researchers from the Department of Biochemical Engineering at University College London (UCL), the project will deliver ‘CULT-GRO’, a technology that enables cell-based meat production scale-up at a fraction of the current cost.


A £1 million investment in the project, co-funded by Innovate UK’s ‘Novel Low Emission Food Production Systems’ competition, will accelerate the availability of cell culture ingredients, powering industrial scale cell-based meat production as an alternative to the existing meat industry.


The project hopes to address the bottlenecks in scaling up the production of cell-based meat through the production of a combination of nutrients for cell growth and physical scaffolding that is edible and forms part of the final meat product. Quest Meat will screen formulations in stirred bioreactors.


UCL will support the project with validation studies, testing the formulations in bioreactors based in its facilities in London at the Department of Biochemical Engineering.


The partnership will build on both companies’ existing product portfolios, which, for Quest Meat, includes licence-free primary cell banks and fit-for-purpose microcarriers and, for Multus, as an enabling partner for growth media development and supply in the cell-based meat industry.


Quest Meat’s co-founder and CEO, Ivan Wall, said: “We are delighted to be working with Multus and UCL to develop CULT-GRO for low-cost meat cell culture. Partnerships are critical for solving the big challenges in scaling up cultivated meat. This partnership with Multus, and with support from a world-leading university, will create a low-cost solution that helps our customers increase yields whilst driving down costs, which in turn will speed up the availability of cultivated meat products in supermarkets.”


Multus co-founder and CEO, Cai Linton, commented: “It’s fantastic to be Quest Meat’s growth media partner of choice to demonstrate that cultivated meat can be affordable using food-grade input materials. Collaboration is crucial for overcoming the bottlenecks around scaling cultivated meat and cutting key costs. This project will accelerate the process of getting cultivated meat products from research to market and driving the crucial sustainable transition of the global food system.”


Assistant professor at UCL and Quest Meat co-founder and CSO, Petra Hanga, said: “Our team at UCL is incredibly excited to be a part of such a collaborative and multi-disciplinary project that will address some of the current challenges that the cultivated meat industry is facing cost and scalability. Together, we are an exceptional team that brings expertise from multiple fronts and combines it to make a unique product to support the industry: CULT-GRO.”


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Quest Meat, Multus and UCL partner on £1m cell-based meat scale-up project

Phoebe Fraser

9 January 2024

Quest Meat, Multus and UCL partner on £1m cell-based meat scale-up project

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