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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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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…

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Improving affordability, nutrition, and organoleptic properties of cultivated meat through co-cultures with support cells

Skeletal muscle is composed of approximately 90% muscle fibers, along with adipose, connective, nervous, and vascular tissue (Listrat et al. 2016). Cultivated meat research focuses primarily on muscle fibers and…

Cultivated icon Cultivated Production R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs Bioprocess design Cell culture media Cell line development Seafood-relevant Academics Industry Startups
Metabolic modeling for cultivated meat

Academic researchers or consortia consisting of several cultivated meat companies should undertake research aimed at understanding metabolic pathways and fluxes within cultivated meat-relevant cell types. The outputs of this research…

Cultivated icon Cultivated R&D Bioprocess design Cell culture media Cell line development Seafood-relevant Academics Industry Investors Startups
Understanding uptake and interconversion of omega-3 fatty acids by cultivated fish cells

Although fish are one of the best dietary sources of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (FAs), these compounds are mostly bioaccumulated from a fish’s diet rather than synthesized de novo. Consistent…

Cultivated icon Cultivated R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs Cell culture media Cell line development Host strain development Seafood Seafood-relevant Academics Industry Startups
Scaffolding development for culinary and biomechanical requirements of cultivated seafood

A number of published studies have focused on scaffolds for cultivated meat (see Related Efforts) yet, to our knowledge, no studies have specifically attempted to formulate scaffolds for fish or…

Cultivated icon Cultivated R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs Cell line development Scaffolding Seafood Seafood-relevant Academics Industry Startups
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
Species-specific genomic studies enabling assay development for regulatory standards and cell line optimization

A suite of assays and genomic knowledge exists for humans and commonly used laboratory species such as mice or fruit flies. However, the same species-specific infrastructure does not exist equally…

Cultivated icon Cultivated R&D Cell line development Seafood-relevant Academics Industry
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
Mapping the secretome of animal myoblasts, adipocytes, and other cells used in cultivated meat

Stem cells secrete a variety of signaling factors that can influence the behavior of surrounding cells, known as paracrine signals. In high-density bioprocesses, these secreted factors can accumulate to concentrations…

Cultivated icon Cultivated Production R&D Cell line development Seafood-relevant Academics
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 Compliance R&D Cell culture media Cell line development End product formulation & manufacturing Seafood-relevant Academics GFI Industry NGO’s Startups

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