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|
Consumer education on the food safety of cultivated meat
Consumer education on the food safety of cultivated meat can positively impact consumer acceptance when sufficient information is provided. Additional research and efforts to increase transparent science communication on the…
|Cultivated Fermentation||Demand Generation End Products||Species-agnostic||Academics GFI Industry NGO’s Startups||Ecosystem||Science|
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|
Scaffolds and structural approaches to optimize fat distribution and content in cultivated meat
The inclusion of fat and marbling in cultivated meat is likely to increase its flavor, texture, and consumer appeal. Structural approaches using edible microcarriers, hydrogels, and 3D bioprinting present promising…
|Cultivated||End Products Production R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs||Bioprocess design End product formulation & manufacturing Scaffolding||Species-agnostic||Academics Industry Startups||Commercial Research||Industry Science|
Promoting stemness and proliferation in fish cell cultures
Efficient and cost-effective cultivated fish production will require precise optimization to encourage fast proliferation and highly efficient use of inputs while preventing premature differentiation. A variety of strategies can be…
|Cultivated||Production R&D||Cell culture media Cell line development||Seafood||Academics Industry Startups||Research||Science|
Hybrid products to optimize nutrition, taste, cost, and sustainability
Hybrid products are a promising means to improve the cost and sustainability of animal-derived meat while improving the taste of plant proteins. Promoting the health benefits of hybrids may facilitate…
|Cultivated Fermentation Plant-Based||Demand Generation End Products Production R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs||End product formulation & manufacturing Ingredient optimization||Species-agnostic||Academics Industry Investors Startups||Commercial||Industry Science|
Cost-effective sterility controls for cultivated meat
Meticulous attention to sterility controls throughout cultivated meat production is essential to optimize food safety, but the cost of biopharmaceutical-based sterility—the current standard for cell-based processes—is incongruent with large-scale food…
|Cultivated||Production||Bioprocess design Cell culture media End product formulation & manufacturing||Species-agnostic||Industry Policymakers Startups||Ecosystem Research||Industry Policy Science|
Scientist / engineer outreach and education
To expand the technical talent pipeline, various players in the alternative protein field should reach out to scientists and engineers in relevant disciplines (e.g., biotech, biopharma, and food science) to…
|Cultivated Fermentation Plant-Based||Workforce||Species-agnostic||Academics Donors GFI Industry NGO’s Policymakers Startups||Ecosystem|
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 scaffolds to improve cultivated meat nutrition
A variety of plant-based scaffolds present the opportunity to combine the natural nutritional and structural benefits of plants with the taste and high protein of cultivated meat. Bacterial nanocellulose from…
|Cultivated Plant-Based||End Products Investment Production R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs||Bioprocess design End product formulation & manufacturing Scaffolding||Species-agnostic||Academics Industry Startups||Commercial Research||Industry Science|
Animal-free, non-recombinant albumin and transferrin for cultivated meat
The identification of non-animal, non-recombinant proteins with similar functionality to serum albumin and transferrin will lead to major cost reductions in cell culture media development, facilitating progress toward achieving price…
|Cultivated Plant-Based||Production R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs||Cell culture media Crop development Target molecule selection||Species-agnostic||Academics Industry Investors Startups||Commercial Research||Industry Science|
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