Meat-Tech 3D Successfully Produces 3D Printed Animal-free Meat from Stem Cells

3D Printed Animal-free Meat
3D printed animal-free meat
Above: 3D Printed Animal-free Meat /Image Credit: MeaTech

Meat-Tech 3D Ltd., an R&D company working towards developing animal-free alternative foods, announced that it has successfully produced 3D printed animal-free meat from stem cells.

Meat-Tech’s successful experiment is a technological breakthrough that significantly increases the feasibility of Meat-Tech’s technologies.

Meat-Tech’s most important experiment to date transpired as part of the company’s multi-year work plan. The plan is to develop an industrial process, with integrated 3D digital printing technology, for growing and producing cuts of beef without harming animals. Designated as “Project Carpaccio”, due to its similarity to the thinly-sliced meat delicacy, Meat-Tech applied its proprietary 3D printer for tissue construction, followed by a cell-growth process. Meat-Tech’s scientists succeeded in printing several cell types, which coalesced into a single fat and muscle tissue grown in Meat-Tech’s laboratory.

This feat has brought about the coalescence of a living tissue composed of several different bovine cells. The experimental results were analysed by a professional examiner and corroborated by the company’s audit committee.

3D printed animal-free meat
Above: Process to achieve 3D printed animal-free meat/Image Credit: MeaTech

3D printed animal-free meat is a milestone that demonstrates three significant process capabilities attained by Meat-Tech:

  • Successful sorting of stem cells into fat and muscle cells, allowing the synthesis of muscle fibres and fat tissue;
  • Formulation and production of bio-inks designed to print fat and muscle cells to ultimately form tissues; and
  • The formation of printed tissue containing coalesced fat and muscle cells.

The experiment demonstrated that Meat-Tech’s digital bioprinter has high efficacy in arranging cells in space as planned, with coalescence observed both between different cells and between cells and their environment, both of which are essential for tissue formation.

Commenting on its recent achievement Meat-Tech’s Chairman, Steven H. Lavin, said, “Completing this significant milestone earlier than anticipated is a significant technological achievement for Meat-Tech, bringing it one step closer to developing technology to build slaughter-free meat-growing plants combined with printing technology, and demonstrating the company’s ability to print fat and muscle cells to build tissue.”

With this achievement of the 3D printed animal-free meat the company has fulfilled a part of its defined goals included in the merger it completed in January 2020. This achievement triggers the vesting of half of the options granted to MeatTech’s shareholders as part of the merger transaction.

About Meat-Tech 3D: Meat-Tech 3D is a research and development company aiming to develop commercial technologies to manufacture alternative foods with no need for animal butchery, based on rapid growing cycles.

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