Cellular agriculture, alternative proteins, sustainable foods, dairy alternatives, plant-based proteins
Limited natural resources coupled with a growing global population is resulting in increased pressure on the food industry and traditional agriculture to supply the world’s nutritional needs.
Our food solutions services offer support to assist those looking to address global food security challenges while reducing environmental impacts. Our technologies can reduce land use, water consumption, pesticide use, and greenhouse gas emissions with processes that are sustainable and non-seasonal. These new food products and processes are animal-free, aligning with cultural trends such as veganism and an increased acceptance of alternative foodstuffs.
What are the food solutions?
Cellular agriculture is the production of agricultural products using microbial and mammalian cell culture. Applications include novel processes for food production (e.g. dairy, eggs, meat, animal feed), biomaterials (e.g. leather, fur, silk) and functional ingredients for a wide range of consumer products (e.g. fragrances, flavours, stabilisers). A wide range of biological building blocks can be produced via these methods – proteins, glycosides, lipids, oligo or polysaccharides, pigments or anti-oxidants. Complex structures can then also be built up, e.g. from proteins.
- Albumin – eggs
- Casein and whey — dairy
- Collagen and elastin – leather, cosmetics
- Keratin – fur, wool, cosmetics
- Fibroin — silk
Through synthetic biology we can produce take these same building blocks using plant and animal-free processes.
Furthermore, as part of a closed loop system, we can produce products, that do not deplete natural resources, are much less resource intensive (e.g. fewer hectares, lower emissions), provide the opportunity to valorise waste streams (e.g. C02 or water) and minimise productivity risks associated with variable exposure to weather, weeds, insects and diseases. Similarly, production can be decentralised, moving closer to consumers, and making food security achievable regardless of local climate and natural resources.
Our unique capability
- Problem definition, data modelling and DoE
- Cell line & media optimisation
- Upstream process development
- Downstream process development
- High throughput robotic systems e.g Ambr
- Analytical development
- Bioreactor design modelling
- Proof of concept and validation
Our bioprocess capability is used across both microbial fermentation development and mammalian cell development.
Microbial fermentation development and scale-up
- Host strain development
- Scale-up 1 mL-10,000 L
- C1/Gas fermentation
Mammalian cell culture process development
- Cell line characterisation
- Single-use technology
- Mammalian bio-reactor rocker and CSTR