Designing cost-effective bioreactors


Dr. Ellis is exploring the interplay between bioreactors, media, and scaffold designs to identify ways to reduce the cost of cultivated meat production.


TECHNOLOGY SECTOR:  Bioprocess design

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Project aims

This project aims to establish growth media consumption and waste production profiles for both proliferation and differentiation in various bioreactors. It will also produce correlations for the relationship among scaffold structure, fluid dynamics, and biological profiles in bioreactors.

This work will improve our understanding of how cell behavior changes as culture size increases, and could help develop a more compact, cost-effective bioreactor for cultivated meat production in novel scenarios.

Principal researcher

Gfi grantee dr. Marianne ellis, senior lecturer, associate professor, university of bath, uk

Dr. Marianne Ellis

Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, University of Bath, UK

Dr. Ellis holds a strong academic and commercialization track record with expertise in tissue engineering and bioprocess design. She has published 30 reviews and articles on cellular agriculture, tissue engineering, and bioprocess design for a range of applications. She is also the founder of successful startup Cellesce Ltd., and co-founder of Cellular Agriculture Ltd.

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