Dr. Hanga is co-culturing cells to advance the production of cultivated beef towards commercialization.
PRODUCTION PLATFORM: Cultivated
TECHNOLOGY SECTOR: Bioprocess design
This project uses small bioreactors to produce high-density stem cell cultures in suspension. It develops parallel one-step bioprocesses for culturing different types of cells – both adipocyte and myocyte lineages. By employing hydrogels for cell encapsulation to co-culture differentiated cells, the research seeks to produce complex microtissues in small bioreactors.
This work paves the way for pilot-scale bioreactors that produce complex cultivated meat products. It also identifies topics to be addressed in bioreactor scaleup through a cost analysis.
Dr. Mariana Petronela Hanga
Lecturer in Biological Engineering, Aston University, UK
Dr. Hanga researches stem cell bioprocessing, human mesenchymal and induced pluripotent stem cells, bioreactor scaleup, and cultivated meat. She produces stem cells and microcarriers for easier cell collection after culturing – specifically, nonenzymatic cell harvesting through either temperature control or microcarrier disassembly.
Bioprocess development for scalable production of cultivated meat
Check out Dr. Hanga’s peer-reviewed paper for more detailed information about this project.
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