XPRIZE ‘Feed the Next Billion’ Semi-Finalist Umami Meats Bolsters  CULT’s Exposure to Cell Cultured Sustainable Seafood  

Vancouver, British Columbia – December 13, 2021 / CNW / – CULT Food Science Corp.  (“CULT” or the “Company”), an innovative investment platform with an exclusive focus on clean,  lab-grown food that is advancing the development of novel technologies to provide a sustainable,  environmental, and ethical solution to the global factory farming and aquaculture crises, is  pleased to announce that it has completed a strategic investment into Singapore-based Umami  Meats (“Umami”). An XPRIZE semi-finalist, Umami is focused on deploying their proprietary  technology to reduce the product development costs of cell-based growth serum, which is  currently one of the major challenges and bottlenecks in the commercialization and consumer  adoption of cell cultured seafood and represents over 80% of total current production costs.  

With the cell-based seafood market projected to reach $17.3 billion by 20301, Umami is working  to position itself as the leading technology platform for making cell-based seafood more  affordable to produce at commercial scale and, therefore, more accessible for the mass market.  Umami’s initial focus will be on developing efficient approaches for the cell-based production of  Japanese Eel, Yellowfin Tuna, and Red Snapper. Their future pipeline includes Halibut, Grouper,  and Mahi-Mahi.  

According to the OECD, the contribution of the ocean economy to global value added is estimated  to be US$1.5 trillion annually.2 CULT views its capital deployments into the cultured seafood  industry, especially those focused on high-value seafoods, as a pillar of its investment thesis due  to its high expectation for generating above-average returns. This is supported by the  aforementioned size of the global marketplace, which management views is ripe for disruption.  

Management Commentary  

“We are excited to have CULT Food Science backing our vision for a sustainable seafood future,  enabled by our cultivated fish production technology. With their strong industry knowledge and  network of advisors, we believe this investment will help accelerate our development timeline  and path to scale," said Mihir Pershad, Chief Executive Officer of Umami.  

“We are pleased to invest in Umami Meats as we believe cultivated seafood represents a largely  misunderstood opportunity. We believe that their novel technology and intellectual property will  be enormously valuable as cell-based seafood grows and we look forward to helping accelerate  their scientific development,” said Francis Rowe, Chief Financial Officer of CULT. 

About CULT Food Science  

CULT Food Science Corp. is an innovative investment platform with an exclusive focus on clean,  lab-grown food that is advancing the development of novel technologies to provide a sustainable,  environmental, and ethical solution to the global factory farming crisis. The first-of-its-kind in  North America, CULT Food Science aims to provide individual investors with unprecedented  exposure to the most innovative start-up, private or early-stage cultivated meat and cultured  dairy companies around the world.  

Additional information can be found by viewing the Company's website at  www.cultfoodscience.com or its regulatory filings on www.sedar.com.  

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Company,  


"Dorian Banks"  

Dorian Banks, CEO  

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Cult Food Science Corp.  

Tel: +1 (604) 687-2038  

Email: hello@cultfoodscience.com 

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1. Umami Meats. (2021). Cultivating the Future of Sustainable Seafood [DocSend Slides].  https://docsend.com/view/mj766jyshdngzdjx 

2. STI Policy Note (April 2016), “The Ocean Economy in 2030”, OECD,  https://www.oecd.org/sti/futures/Policy-Note-Ocean-Economy.pdf, Web, 12 December  2021.