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44Commercial whitespaces
39Ecosystem support needs
Key: Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based
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Affordable animal-free omega-3 ingredients for alternative seafood and other alternative protein applications

In order to appeal to health-conscious consumers, alternative seafood products should contain similar omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA and EPA, content to conventional seafood. Animal-free omega-3 ingredients can be expensive…

Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based Commercial Investment Production R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs Bioprocess design Crop development Host strain development Ingredient optimization Target molecule selection
Novel methods for long-chain omega-3 fatty acid production

As the alternative seafood industry scales up, a low-cost and abundant source of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids will become necessary. Several means of producing these compounds have been investigated…

Fermentation icon Fermentation Research R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs Bioprocess design Host strain development Ingredient optimization Target molecule selection
Preventing oxidation of omega-3 fatty acids before and after addition to alternative seafood products

Deeper fundamental knowledge of the causes and prevention of oxidation of omega-3 fatty acids before, during, and after addition to alternative seafood products is needed to improve their nutritional and…

Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based Research End Products Investment Production R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs Bioprocess design Crop development End product formulation & manufacturing Host strain development Ingredient optimization Target molecule selection
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 Research R&D Bioprocess design Cell line development 1 – Inception
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 Commercial Research Production R&D Bioprocess design End product formulation & manufacturing 1 – Inception
Computational models of perfusion flow through scaffolds

For tissue-structured cultivated meat production, the transition from the proliferation phase to differentiation phase may involve seeding cells onto a prefabricated scaffold within a perfusion bioreactor. Medium is then perfused…

Cultivated icon Cultivated Research R&D Bioprocess design Scaffolding
Expand capacity for demonstration-scale and mid-scale co-manufacturing

Companies entering the alt protein space often struggle to secure line time at demonstration-scale and mid-scale commercial production facilities. Greater availability of mid-scale contract capacity would reduce capital outlays and…

Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based Commercial Ecosystem Production R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs Bioprocess design End product formulation & manufacturing
Database of facility engineering, design, and construction firms

Dedicated brokers, consultants, directories, and other matching mechanisms could help connect alternative protein companies to engineering/design/construction firms with relevant experience and interest in the alternative protein sector.

Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based Commercial Ecosystem Production Bioprocess design
Post-harvest processes and end product characterization for cultivated meat

A number of cellular processes occurring after slaughter are known to affect the quality and sensory properties of conventional meat. Cultivated meat will offer unprecedented control over these parameters and…

Cultivated icon Cultivated Commercial Research End Products R&D Bioprocess design Cell culture media End product formulation & manufacturing
Plant-based ingredient analytical and characterization service

Plant protein ingredient characterization tools or as a service.

Plant-based icon Plant-Based Commercial Research R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs Bioprocess design Ingredient optimization

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