40Research opportunities
44Commercial whitespaces
39Ecosystem support needs
Key: Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based
Opportunity Production platform Value chain segment Technology sector End product focus Relevant actor
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 icon Cultivated R&D Bioprocess design Cell line development Seafood-relevant Academics Industry Startups
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 icon Cultivated R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs Cell line development Seafood-relevant Academics
Guaranteed offtake contracts for products and ingredients

Guaranteed offtake agreements, where buyers commit to purchase a volume of product, can help secure loans for infrastructure and other high-cost projects.

Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based End Products Investment Production End product formulation & manufacturing Species-agnostic Industry Policymakers
Dedicated broker or exchange for plant-based B2B sales

Opportunity exists for a broker, marketplace, directory, or other exchange platform to facilitate B2B sales of plant-based foods as ingredients to manufacturers of frozen and prepared foods.

Plant-based icon Plant-Based Business Services Distribution Channels Species-agnostic Industry
Next-generation plant-based turkey products

There has been little in the way of publicly-announced R&D or commercial efforts to develop the next generation of tasty and affordable plant-based turkey products. There is room for innovation…

Plant-based icon Plant-Based End Products End product formulation & manufacturing Terrestrial-specific Industry Investors Startups
Forging product development partnerships among ingredient suppliers and manufacturers

Opportunities exist to coordinate product development partnerships between ingredient suppliers, strategic partners, and product manufacturers to directly engage more holistically on product formulation.

Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based End Products Production Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs Cell culture media Crop development Feedstocks Ingredient optimization Scaffolding Species-agnostic GFI Industry
Developing open-access model production facility blueprints

Open-access blueprints would provide a head start on facility design and allow equipment manufacturers and engineering companies to address standard industry needs.

Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based Production R&D Bioprocess design End product formulation & manufacturing Species-agnostic GFI Industry
Comprehensive microbial screening to identify new protein production candidate strains

A systematic, open-access, comprehensive analysis of novel microbial strains could drastically expand the available strains that can compete on flavor, efficiency, cost, and nutrition.

Fermentation icon Fermentation R&D Host strain development Species-agnostic Academics
Development and industry-wide adoption of standards for meat characterization

A more comprehensive understanding of the processes, structures, and molecular constituents governing meat’s organoleptic properties will inform the production of alternative proteins.

Cultivated icon Cultivated End Products R&D End product formulation & manufacturing Seafood-relevant Academics GFI NGO’s Startups
Growth factors from conditioned cell culture media

Rather than relying on recombinant growth factors, cultivated meat companies could use conditioned media from animal cells producing high levels of these molecules.

Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs Cell culture media Target molecule selection Seafood-relevant Academics Industry Startups

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