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Breakthrough in cultured meat production

15 November 2021 | Aleph Farms Ltd. and its research partner at the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering at the Technion have successfully cultivated the world’s first cultured meat ribeye steak, using three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting technology.

Aleph Farms is a food company that thrives to become a leader of the global sustainable food ecosystem. It is developing delicious beef steaks from non-genetically engineered cells, isolated from a cow, using a fraction of the resources required for raising an entire animal for meat, without antibiotics and without the use of Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS).

Aleph Farms’ technology includes the printing of actual living cells that are then incubated to grow, differentiate and interact, in order to acquire the texture and qualities of a real steak. A proprietary system, similar to the vascularization that occurs naturally in tissues, enables the perfusion of nutrients across the thicker tissue and grants the steak with the similar shape and structure of its native form as found in livestock before and during cooking.

The company was founded by Prof. Shulamit Levenberg, Head of the Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering Laboratory at the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering at the Technion. Read more about her here.

Aleph Farms recently raised over $100M to move to the next level of mass production. A notable investor in this round is Mr. Leonardo DiCaprio who also joined the company’s board advisors.

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