The Israeli biotech startup, SuperMeat, is developing the technology to create cultured meat from chicken cells in a safe and controlled environment, external to the animal’s body. The company recently launched an Indigogo crowdfunding campaign to create the first device in the world to grow a whole chicken breast.
SuperMeat plans to make cultured meat a viable replacement for animal meat, and the crowdfunding campaign, which hit its goal within two weeks, is the first step. The company is working towards the distributive manufacturing of cultured meat, designing devices that could be placed at grocery stores, restaurants, and ultimately in consumer homes.
“We founded SuperMeat to revolutionize the food industry, and promote an animal-free humane solution to world hunger and environmental degradation that will secure a better future for our children,” said SuperMeat CEO and Co-Founder, Koby Barak. “Our team is comprised of a diverse group of advocates, scientists, health professionals, and environmentalists, coming together to create an incredible and truly groundbreaking device that will grow real, tasty meat, with zero animal suffering, and reach the market within five years.”
SuperMeat’s technological solution grows meat organically in devices that mimic natural animal physiology, permitting cost-efficient meat production, free of animal serum (such as fetal bovine serum). The company’s unique technology will allow SuperMeat to design small scale meat producing devices, that will be at restaurants, supermarkets, and in the future, in individual homes. The technology will enhance the nutritional value of the meat, creating superfoods rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, calcium, and iron.
SuperMeat is hard at work creating a machine to grow cultured chicken, but they need the public’s support. With the help of an Indiegogo campaign, in two years SuperMeat predicts to have created the first ever cultured chicken meat. For more information and to support the crowdfunding campaign, check out SuperMeat on Indigogo.