CPI and North East innovators awarded half a million fund for cultivated meat project

27 Feb 2024

CPI, Marrabio and Aelius Biotech have been awarded a grant close to half a million pounds from Innovate UK to develop more cost-effective methods of producing cultivated meat.

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The organisations will work together to develop low emission food production systems at a lower cost than is currently possible. 

The project is set to use engineered protein materials produced by MarraBio which may replace more expensive materials currently being used in larger scale productions for cultivated meat at a significantly reduced cost

Current evidence suggests the UK needs to change its eating habits as traditionally farmed meat is said to contribute up to 60% of food-production-related greenhouse gas emissions, with lab-grown meat potentially able to reduce emissions by up to 90%. 

The project will take place at our recently launched Novel Food Innovation Centre in Wilton, Redcar, with an expected completion date of December 2024.

Brendan Fish, Biologics Director at CPI, said:

We are delighted to be working with MarraBio and Aelius Biotech on this exciting project. It’s another step towards establishing the North East as the UK’s hub for greener food production systems. Food production is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. Ensuring a sustainable food industry that is fit for the future is a challenge we know we must act on now if we are going to reach our ambition of becoming Net Zero”. It’s fantastic to see the North East stepping up and meeting that challenge head on.”

Dr Daniel Peters, CEO at MarraBio, said:

We are very excited to be working with CPI and Aelius Biotech on this project to help improve our ability to manufacture these materials at high quality and low cost, with the aim of accelerating cultivated meat development. It’s great to be able to establish this new collaboration in the North East and to play a role in helping to reduce the carbon emissions associated with food production.”

Dr Peter Chater, CEO at Aelius Biotech, said:

Lab grown meat has huge potential as an alternative source of protein in our diets, and it’s great to be working with the teams at Marrabio and CPI on a technology that can help make this a reality.”

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