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|
Ensuring appropriate food safety controls for cultivated meat
Sterilization guidelines from well-established biomedical and food industries can act as helpful templates for safe cultivated meat production. However, more research is needed to identify potentially novel production hazards for…
|Cultivated||Compliance||Species-agnostic||Ecosystem Policy Research||Policy|
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|
Repurposing and retrofitting facilities for use in alternative protein manufacturing
The manufacturing capacity for rapid and cost-effective scale-up of alternative protein production is a current constraint on the growth of the industry. Repurposing and retrofitting stranded or underutilized assets such…
|Cultivated Fermentation Plant-Based||Business Services Production Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs||Bioprocess design End product formulation & manufacturing||Species-agnostic||Academics Donors GFI Industry NGO’s Policymakers Startups||Commercial Ecosystem Policy Research||Industry Policy|
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|
Facilitating import and export of alternative protein products
Many alternative protein companies are interested in exporting their products or ingredients, and this is matched by interest from businesses in many countries eager to import exciting products. But import/export…
|Cultivated Fermentation Plant-Based||Business Services Compliance Distribution Channels||Species-agnostic||Academics GFI Industry NGO’s Policymakers Startups||Commercial Ecosystem Policy||Industry Policy|
Plant-based protein makerspaces
Plant-based protein makerspaces would be publicly available spaces where interested members of the public could learn, experiment, and work collaboratively on projects related to plant-based proteins. They could offer access…
|Plant-Based||R&D Workforce||Crop development End product formulation & manufacturing Ingredient optimization||Species-agnostic||Academics Donors GFI Industry NGO’s Startups||Ecosystem Research||Science|
Cultivated meat makerspaces to promote public engagement
Both the cultivated meat industry and interested members of the general public would benefit from the creation of makerspaces focused on cultivated meat. These would be publicly available spaces where…
|Cultivated||R&D Workforce||Bioprocess design Cell culture media Cell line development Scaffolding||Species-agnostic||Academics Donors GFI Industry NGO’s Startups||Ecosystem Research||Science|
Alternative protein high school summer program
There is currently a lack of resources for high school students interested in alternative proteins. Students interested in entering this field would benefit from the creation of summer courses that…
|Cultivated Fermentation Plant-Based||Workforce||Species-agnostic||Academics GFI Industry NGO’s Startups||Ecosystem||Industry Policy Science|
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