Steakholder Foods Initiates Cultured Pork Development Using a Porcine Cell Line with Significantly Greater Lifespan and Scalability
The new induced pluripotent porcine stem cell line (iPS) enables the company to continue diversifying its species portfolio and accelerate its market readiness for cultured pork production
Rehovot, Israel, August 23, 2022 — Steakholder Foods Ltd. (Nasdaq: STKH) (formerly MeaTech 3D: $MITC), an international deep-tech food company at the forefront of the cultured meat industry, is pleased to announce that it will begin developing cultured pork products from a new line of iPS porcine cells.
The new stem cell line was derived from sampled cells that were reprogrammed back into an embryonic-like pluripotent state. This enables one cell bank to become an unlimited and highly scalable source for developing any type of muscle or fat cells for cultured meat production.
Steakholder Foods has partnered with a leading iPS cell line provider in order to shorten its development timeline for structured pork products, such as bacon, pork chops and ham. Through a unique process of cell cultivation and 3D bioprinting, the company expects to achieve the taste, texture and mouthfeel of conventional pork.
Steakholder Foods’ proprietary 3D-bioprinting technology can produce structured meat with any muscle-to-fat ratio at an industrial rate of production and with pinpoint precision based on any desired shape, width or design.
Steakholder Foods will also produce ground pork products and pork biomass as an ingredient for hybrid food products, such as meatballs.
Steakholder Foods’ venture into cultured pork adds to the company’s already diverse product development activities which include cultured beef, chicken, fish, and seafood.
Arik Kaufman, Steakholder Foods’ Chief Executive Officer & Founder: “We are very excited to be adding porcine to our portfolio of species. Pork has tremendous market potential being that it is widely recognized as the most popular meat in the world.”
About Steakholder Foods
Steakholder Foods Ltd., formerly MeaTech 3D Ltd., is an international deep-tech food company at the forefront of the cultured meat revolution. The company initiated activities in 2019 and is listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the ticker “STKH” (formerly MITC). Steakholder Foods maintains facilities in Rehovot, Israel and Antwerp, Belgium and is in the process of expanding activities to the US. The company is developing a slaughter-free solution for producing a variety of beef, chicken, pork, and seafood products — both as raw materials and whole cuts — as an alternative to industrialized farming and fishing. With its membership in the UN Global Compact, Steakholder Foods is committed to act in support of issues embodied in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which include strengthening food security, decreasing carbon footprint, and conserving water and land resources.
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