Optimizing media for chicken cells

2020-2022

Dr. Block is applying novel optimization tools and techniques to chicken muscle cell cultures in order to achieve low-cost cultivated meat production.

PRODUCTION PLATFORM: Cultivated

TECHNOLOGY SECTOR:  Cell culture media

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Project aims

This project aims to develop novel advanced experimental optimization techniques to find low-cost, effective growth media and apply these techniques to chicken muscle cell cultures. It devises a process for growing chicken muscle cells in suspension or on edible scaffold microcarriers, as well as for the production of gelatin through plant cell culture for use as muscle cell scaffolding.

This work will create novel, efficient experimental optimization algorithms for general media and process optimization. It could reduce the cost of cultivated meat production via novel media optimization techniques.

Principal researcher

Gfi grantee dr. David block, professor, department of viticulture and enology and department of chemical engineering, university of california davis, usa

Dr. David Block

Professor, Department of Viticulture and Enology and Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California Davis, USA

Dr. Block holds extensive experience in fermentation process optimization and the development of experimental optimization methods. He also designs biopharmaceutical manufacturing and food fermentation facilities.

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