Tech startup Aleph Farms 3D bioprints meat in space

Pablo Tucker
October 8, 2019

Cow cells were harvested back on our planet and blasted to the station where they were grown into muscle tissue using a special 3D printer.

NASA astronauts Scott Kelly (R) and Kjell Lindgren taste vegetables grown in space on the International Space Station in 2015. However, Aleph's Yoav Reisler told Space.com that the company planned to build on the experiment and make synthetic beef steaks available on terra firma using large-scale "bio-farms".

The experiment, he said, "marks a significant first step toward achieving our vision to ensure food security for generations to come, while preserving our natural resources".

Aleph Farms is developing this technology with an €11M Series A round raised earlier this year.


Aleph Farms' production method mimics the natural process of muscle-tissue regeneration occurring inside the cow's body, but under controlled conditions.

Before it can become mainstream, lab-grown meat needs to overcome major challenges.

It does, however, insist its cell-cultured meal is slaughter- and antibiotic-free, and does not need the land, water, feed, or other factors required to raise cattle for meat.

Through an worldwide collaboration between 3D Bioprinting Solutions (Russia); Meal Source Technologies (US); and Finless Foods (USA), Aleph Farms, a food company that grows cultivated beef steaks, hopes to make progress toward fulfilling its promise: to enable unconditional access to safe and nutritious meat anytime, anywhere, while using minimal resources. Final December, it efficiently produced a "strip steak" in a lab in simply two weeks. The experiment has now opened the door to a future where astronauts can grow their own meat on space exploration missions. The experiment took place inside of a 3D bioprinter developed by 3D Bioprinting Solutions.


Aleph Farms, based in 2017, is one in all those local weather change-fighting startups spearheading the fashionable enterprise of pretend meat.

"We are proving that cultivated meat can be produced anytime, anywhere, in any condition", said Toubia.

Hailing a "successful proof of concept", Aleph Farms said the cutting-edge research "in some of the most extreme environments imaginable serves as an essential growth indicator of sustainable food production methods that don't exacerbate land waste, water waste, and pollution".

"On Earth or up above, we count on innovators like Aleph Farms to take the initiative to provide solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems, such as the climate crisis", he added.


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