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|
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|
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|
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||Compliance R&D||Cell culture media Cell line development End product formulation & manufacturing||Seafood-relevant||Academics GFI Industry NGO’s Startups||Commercial Ecosystem Research||Science|
Industry workshops, courses, and training programs
The alternative protein industry has a significant need for workers and innovators with specialized knowledge spanning multiple traditional disciplines. However, since few universities offer alternative protein majors or dedicated subject…
|Cultivated Fermentation Plant-Based||Business Services Compliance Production R&D Workforce||Species-agnostic||Academics Industry NGO’s||Commercial Ecosystem||Industry|
Plant-based ingredient analytical and characterization service
Plant-based food manufacturers often struggle with batch-to-batch ingredient inconsistency and variability between suppliers. Better analytical tools for predicting plant-based ingredient performance could improve manufacturing efficiency and create more transparent ingredient…
|Plant-Based||Compliance End Products Investment Production R&D Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs||Crop development End product formulation & manufacturing Ingredient optimization||Species-agnostic||Academics Industry Investors Startups||Research||Industry Science|
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