Alternative Protein Solutions Database
Discover ideas for new startups, commercial ventures and products, research projects, ecosystem support, and investment opportunities for plant-based, cultivated, and fermentation-derived proteins.
|Opportunity||Production platform||Value chain segment||Technology sector||End product focus||Relevant actor||Maturity level||Solution category||Topic|
Incorporating growth factors into scaffolds to reduce costs and introduce spatial heterogeneity
Growth factors (GFs) can be incorporated into scaffolds as a strategy for both reducing costs and improving product quality of cultivated meat. Open-access research is needed to test the feasibility…
|Cultivated||End Products Production R&D||Scaffolding||Seafood-relevant||Academics Industry Startups||Commercial Research|
B2B media development company
The cultivated meat industry needs dedicated suppliers of low-cost, food-grade cell culture media to reduce cultivated meat production costs. Close collaboration between the customer and supplier will be required in…
|Cultivated||R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs||Cell culture media||Seafood-relevant||Industry Investors Startups||Commercial Research|
Plant-based category marketing
Interest in plant-based products is growing, but many consumers still express skepticism about plant protein foods, or simply lack familiarity with the category. Category marketing campaigns to promote plant-based and…
|Cultivated Fermentation Plant-Based||Demand Generation Distribution Channels End Products||Seafood-relevant||Donors Industry NGO’s Policymakers Startups||Commercial Ecosystem Policy||Industry Policy|
B2B growth factors for proliferation
There is a need for a supplier of low-cost growth factors produced without the use of animals to support the proliferation phase of cultivated meat production. The cost of growth…
|Cultivated||R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs||Cell culture media||Seafood-relevant||Industry Startups||Commercial||Industry Science|
Co-cultured support cells for cultivated meat
Cultivated meat research focuses primarily on muscle fibers and fat cells. However, other cell types serve functions that are often under appreciated in their relevance to cultivated meat. Co-culture methods…
|Cultivated||Production R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs||Bioprocess design Cell culture media Cell line development||Seafood-relevant||Academics Industry Startups||Commercial Research||Science|
Biomaterials for scaffolding
A handful of companies and researchers are developing scaffold materials for use in various steps of the cultivated meat production process, but to date the topic of scaffolding has been…
|Cultivated||R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs||Scaffolding||Seafood-relevant||Academics Industry Startups||Commercial Research||Industry Science|
Metabolic modeling for cultivated meat
Academic researchers or consortia consisting of several cultivated meat companies should undertake research aimed at understanding metabolic pathways and fluxes within cultivated meat-relevant cell types. The outputs of this research…
|Cultivated||R&D||Bioprocess design Cell culture media Cell line development||Seafood-relevant||Academics Industry Investors Startups||Research||Science|
Improving efficiency and assessment of adaptation to suspension growth
Improving methods for adapting cells to suspension culture can facilitate cell line development and bioprocess design for cultivated meat.
|Cultivated||R&D||Bioprocess design Cell line development||Seafood-relevant||Academics Industry Startups||1 – Inception||Research||Industry Science|
Species-specific genomic studies enabling assay development for regulatory standards and cell line optimization
A suite of assays and genomic knowledge exists for humans and commonly used laboratory species such as mice or fruit flies. However, the same species-specific infrastructure does not exist equally…
|Cultivated||R&D||Cell line development||Seafood-relevant||Academics Industry||Research||Science|
Guidelines for cultivated meat starter cell selection
Improving our understanding of the relative advantages and disadvantages of different cell types for cultivated meat would enable companies to make these decisions more effectively with less duplicative effort.
|Cultivated||R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs||Cell line development||Seafood-relevant||Academics||1 – Inception||Research||Science|
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