Biftek's Formulation is Expected to Significantly Decrease the Cost of Creating Cellular Agriculture-Based Food Products and Facilitate the Achievement of Economies of Scale to Catapult Cultivated Meat into the Mainstream
VANCOUVER, BC, Nov. 29, 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 its portfolio company Biftek Inc. ("Biftek" or the "Portfolio Company") has recently reported significant progress related to the commercialization and viability of its novel growth medium supplement product lines (the "Growth Mediums"). CULT's Portfolio Company recently arranged for the transport of an inaugural sample that will function as a cornerstone component of a commercially focused collaboration with a leading cultivated meat company based in Singapore.
Biftek's novel formulation, with the trade name "Lyophilized Biftek Growth Medium Supplement", has been scientifically engineered to be shipped globally without the need for cold chain logistics and with no variation amongst batches, thereby ensuring consistent quality across batches. Growth Mediums are an important pillar for the mass adoption of cultured meat globally, which are critical to helping achieve material cost reductions, improved efficiencies, and consistent food products.
Founded in 2018 and headquartered in Ankara, Turkey, Biftek produces an animal-free, non-GMO, natural growth medium supplement to make cultured meat more affordable. A business-to-business company, Biftek utilizes a novel culture medium supplement formula to grow muscle stem cells. Currently, growing stem cells requires conventional fetal-bovine-serum ("FBS"), which makes up 80-90% of production costs. Biftek's formulation is expected to dramatically decrease the expenses related to creating cellular agriculture products, thereby enabling food technology companies to reduce production costs, reach economies of scale, and assist with catapulting cultivated meat into mainstream use cases.
"This is a critical step forward for Biftek toward validating novel formulations and achieving commercialization on a global scale. We are pleased to see Biftek's scientific innovations emerge from the laboratory and into the production facilities of cultivated meat producers. Biftek's ongoing contributions as a leading innovator and thought leader in the growth medium vertical are indicative of CULT's ability to seek out and partner with leading CellAg companies, both domestically and abroad," commented Dr. Paul Burridge, Advisor to CULT.
"The current challenges within the cultivated meat ecosystem are fragmented. We feel that the most important one is to lower the production cost of cultivated meat products and we have developed several potential solutions to address this issue. We believe that growth medium innovations will be the most powerful tools to secure mass adoption of lab grown foods. Biftek's growth medium supplement is on track to be one of the best alternatives to FBS," stated Kerem Erikci, CEO of Biftek.
Biftek is focused on producing microorganism based, natural and cost-effective growth medium supplement to grow muscle stem cells. Instead of conventional fetal-bovine-serum (FBS) dependent production, which represents nearly 90% of costs, Biftek's patent pending formulation decreases related expenses dramatically, introducing a much better and more efficient way to cultivate affordable meat.
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.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Company,
CULT FOOD SCIENCE CORP.
Dorian Banks, CEO
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