Meatable secures $47 million more funding to upscale lab grown meat production

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A dutch company has secured a further US$47 million in Series A funding which now sets it on track to start small scale production of its alternative meat products portfolio.

With this new funding boost, Meatable has now raised a total of US$60 million. Since finalising its first showcase product in 2020, the company now aims to use these funds to advance small-scale production at the Biotech Campus Delft and to diversify by adding new products.

The backing consortium consists of Dr Rick Klausner, Section 32; Dr Jeffrey Leiden, and DSM Venturing, and includes existing investors, such as BlueYard Capital, Agronomics, Humboldt, and Taavet Hinrikus, showing continued support.

They recognise the positive impact cultivated meat will have on climate change, see the trillion-dollar potential of the cultivated meat marketplace, and are betting on Meatable to solve the industry’s scalability and speed-to-market challenges with its patented opti-ox technology.

Dr Rick Klausner, former director of the US National Cancer Institute and former Executive Director of Global Health at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, sees great potential in Meatable and its technology.

He said: “We are committed to joining Meatable in its mission to address the world’s most pressing challenges. We see a smart start-up that has accomplished a lot in a short amount of time.

They have a great team and game-changing technology that can address the challenges around the global food insecurity issues our planet is facing. They have all the right ingredients to become the leading choice for sustainably and efficiently produced meat,” he added.

Meat within weeks not years

According to the company, Meatable’s proprietary platform technology enables a fundamentally more cost effective and scalable production process. It replicates the natural process of fat and muscle growth, in proportions that emulate traditional cuts of meat. The entire process, when fully developed, is expected to take only weeks to produce meat, whereas it can take years to grow a live animal.

Krijn de Nood, CEO and co-founder of Meatable, said: “To be able to meet the growing demand for meat worldwide, we need breakthrough solutions. Cultivated meat has the potential to continue to produce the product we love, meat, using a much more efficient production process.

Having Rick Klausner, Jeffrey Leiden, Section 32 and DSM Venturing support us in realising that potential is a huge step for Meatable. We are honoured to welcome a like-minded group of investors who support us on our mission, to develop, accelerate and bring to life sustainable, healthy and environmentally sound technologies that can improve the human condition.

With this funding we believe we are well on our way to bringing our first products to market to sustainably satisfy the world’s appetite for meat,” he concluded.

The basis of Meatable’s aims is to produce cultivated meat, for which no animals are slaughtered, fewer GHG emissions are released, and significantly less land and water are required.

The company claims that, unlike plant-based alternatives, its end-product will provide the full experience of eating actual meat, with the same texture, taste, and nutritional benefits.

After successfully completing its first pork showcase product, Meatable is currently focused on the further development of cultivated pork and beef. Meatable’s technology is adaptable to any cell-based species, including cows, pigs, sheep, and fish, giving the company great opportunity for further product development.

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