Food-grade 100% animal-free nanofibrous scaffolds and microcarriers for scalable cultured meat production.
Making cultured meat production efficient and the meat as tasty as regular meat.
There hasn’t been innovation in how we are growing meat in 10 000 years. Current livestock-based meat production is responsible for:
of Earth’s land
of greenhouse gas emissions
of all antibiotics in the world
Cultured meat is an ideal solution
Cultured meat, also known as cultivated meat, is animal meat (including seafood) that is produced by cultivating animal cells in the bioreactors. This production method eliminates the need to raise animals for food.
lower land use
lower greenhouse gas emissions
lower water use
How is cultured meat made?
Cultured meat production process starts with a small sample of animal cells, usually obtained through a biopsy. These cells are then placed in a nutrient-rich growth medium and cultured in a bioreactor, where they multiply. Now, depending on what type of end-product is intended, the cells are seeded on scaffolds that support muscle tissue formation to achieve structured meat (whole cuts, steaks, fillets) or they are harvested and processed into unstructured meat products (sausages, nuggets, or patés).
Gelatex makes high-performance nanofibrous 3D scaffolds and microcarriers for scalable cultured meat mass-production.
Gelatex’s 3D scaffolds support cell differentiation and muscle tissue formation to achieve a structured steak-like meat that looks, feels and tastes like meat that we are used to.
Gelatex’s microcarriers give adherent cells additional surface area in the bioreactors and support their more efficient proliferation and cell density increase.
Benefits of our scaffolds and microcarriers
3D structure that mimics natural ECM
90% lower costs
Works with many cell lines
Automated scalable production
All materials are produced with patented halospinning technology
Halospinning is a high-throughput solution-spinning technology for the production of nano- and microfibers. It works with various synthetic and bio-based raw materials. High-speed production enables cost reduction and unique 3D material morphology creation.
We can adjust the parameters such as the fiber size or porosity, material thickness or density, make the fibers aligned or randomly oriented and optimize the scaffold according to specific requirements.
The 3D structure created by Gelatex’s halospinning technology is the
most similar to the natural ECM
Source: Mdpi.com, Physical Properties of the Extracellular Matrix of Decellularized Porcine Liver, H.Ijima, S. Nakamura, R. Bual, etc. 2018
Gelatex halospun nanofibers
Promotes cell migration
Unique to our material fibrous structure, during static seeding on Gelatex scaffolds cells exhibit motility and migrate into the scaffold.
3D render of cell distribution inside the scaffold
Image of BHK-21 cells in static culture on a Gelatex scaffold after
24 hours. Cell nuclei are visualized in blue, nanofibers in purple.
Promotes cell proliferation
Favorable cell-to-cell and cell-to-scaffold interactions due to halospun fibrous morphology.
Incorporation of growth factors, or different ECM proteins and minerals of choice.
Material compositions that further facilitate cell attachment.
Image of BHK-21 fibroblasts 7 days proliferation on Chitosan scaffolds.
Portfolio of products ready to purchase
Scaffolds are available for purchase as a sample kit of 10x10 cm scaffold sheets, as 18x22 sheets, or on rolls.
Microcarriers are available in 3 different formats - microspheres, microgranules and microfibrils.
Currently, we have 7 different compositions for scaffolds and 3 for microcarriers.
Contact us for receiving more detailed product and pricing information.