40Research opportunities
44Commercial whitespaces
39Ecosystem support needs
Key: Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based
Opportunity Production platform Solution category Value chain segment Technology sector Maturity level
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 Commercial Ecosystem End Products Production Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs Cell culture media Crop development Feedstocks Ingredient optimization Scaffolding 1 – Inception
Species-specific research toolkits for cultivated meat-relevant species

Coordinated efforts to develop standardized, comprehensive research toolkits of meat-relevant species would exponentially accelerate cultivated meat research.

Cultivated icon Cultivated Commercial Ecosystem Research Compliance R&D Cell culture media Cell line development End product formulation & manufacturing
Systematic investigation of growth factor needs and effects

Open-access research into growth factors required for proliferation, maintenance, and differentiation of cell types relevant to cultivated meat will support both academic and industry research efforts. This research could include…

Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Research R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs Cell culture media Target molecule selection
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 Commercial Research R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs Cell culture media Target molecule selection 1 – Inception
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
Pooled procurement/group purchasing for ingredients and inputs

Many alternative protein companies use similar inputs, but individually lack the purchasing power to negotiate favorable contract terms. A pooled procurement/group purchasing mechanism for ingredients, inputs (growth factors, media, etc.),…

Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based Commercial Ecosystem Business Services Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs Cell culture media Crop development Feedstocks
Cultivated meat co-product valorization

Animal cell metabolism within cultivators can produce useful co-product side streams that provide monetary value to the manufacturer while creating a novel source of inputs for other industries. Potential side…

Cultivated icon Cultivated Commercial Research R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs Bioprocess design Cell culture media
Open-access formulations & optimization methods for cell culture media and growth factor cocktails

The availability of more open-access formulations will provide a foundation to enable both academic researchers and startup companies to develop their own customized formulations with far less effort and cost.

Cultivated icon Cultivated Research R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs Cell culture media
Understand animal and cellular efficiency, yield, and input

Because cultivated meat replicates the fundamental biology of the source animal, animal-level data may be informative for predicting cellular behavior in culture.

Cultivated icon Cultivated Research R&D Cell culture media Cell line development
Marketplace exchange platform for ingredients, inputs, & services

Connecting the buyers and sellers of the ingredients, inputs, and services needed to produce alternative proteins.

Cultivated icon Cultivated Fermentation icon Fermentation Plant-based icon Plant-Based Commercial Ecosystem Business Services R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs Cell culture media Crop development End product formulation & manufacturing Feedstocks Scaffolding

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