UK – Meatly, a British cultivated meat company, has developed a pioneering protein-free culture medium, poised to significantly reduce manufacturing costs and accelerate the path to regulatory approval in the UK.

The company’s latest achievement comes in the form of a culture medium devoid of proteins, a critical component in the cultivation of meat. 

The exorbitant cost of producing cultivated meat has long been a formidable obstacle for the industry. – traditionally, culture media have incurred substantial expenses, with costs soaring to hundreds of pounds per liter.

However, Meatly’s protein-free alternative slashes these expenses dramatically, offering a solution to one of the industry’s most daunting challenges.

Helder Cruz, Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Meatly, hailed the breakthrough as a monumental stride forward in scaling up the company’s technology and bringing its products to market at an affordable price.

He emphasized the significance of setting a new benchmark in driving down production costs, a feat that has eluded the industry for years.

The innovative cell culture medium crafted by Meatly boasts an absence of serum or animal-derived components, hormones, antibiotics, or growth factors—elements that typically inflate production costs.

Notably, Meatly’s innovation is not only cost-effective but also food-safe, paving the way for its utilization in suspension culture bioreactors without the need for microcarriers.

The absence of microcarriers and expensive growth factors holds the promise of economically viable industrial-scale production.

Moreover, bulk purchases of the culture medium are projected to yield even lower prices, amplifying its potential impact on cost reduction.

Investors, including Agronomics founder Jim Mellon, have lauded Meatly’s achievement as a monumental leap towards achieving price parity with conventional meat. 

They believe that Meatly’s innovation marks a significant milestone in driving mass adoption of cultivated products and accelerating the industry’s journey towards sustainability.

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