Steakholder Foods: 3D bioprinting for cultivated meat
Steakholder Foods (formerly MeaTech) has facilities in Israel and Belgium and recently held its first US tasting event at San Francisco’s Gallery 308. The firm – which works with a variety of cell lines (bovine, porcine, avian etc) is initially planning to launch with hybrid processed meat products combining animal cell biomass and textured plant proteins.
However, it is also developing 3D bioprinting technology whereby it prints its mesenchymal stem cells with an edible bio-ink and then incubates them so that they further differentiate and mature into structured ‘whole cut’ steaks over a two-week period that can be personalized for fat percentage, size and thickness. Image credit: Steakholder Foods