IntegriCulture Inc. and Shiok Meats Pte. Ltd. have officially entered into a collaboration to scale up the technology on cultivated shrimp meat. IntegriCulture Inc. offers its food grade culture medium (SpaceSalt) and species-blind scalable inexpensive cell culture protocols (CulNet™ system). This system has worked well for beef and avian meat, and now the two companies are using this technology to scale cell-based shrimp meat and to make to affordable in the long run.
The most expensive part of cultivated meats is the nutrient broth or cell culture media which is a liquid nutrient mix comprising of proteins, carbohydrate/sugars, fats, vitamins, minerals and growth factors to enable the stem cells and cells to grow into meats. This is one of the key factors for the high price of current cell-based meats.
The team is adapting the technology for shrimp cell cultures to develop inexpensive cultured serum for shrimp, hence completely removing the need for expensive growth factors or serum. This cultured serum can provide Shiok Meats with higher capability to develop unique cultivated crustacean food products to meet its mission in the near future.
About Shiok Meats Pte. Ltd.:
Shiok Meats is a cultivated clean meat company, the first of its kind in Singapore and South-East Asia. Co-founded by two well-established stem cell scientists, Dr Sandhya Sriram and Dr Ka Yi Ling, their mission is to bring delicious, clean and healthy seafood and meats by harvesting from cells instead of animals. Shiok Meats is working on cultivated crustacean meats (shrimp, crab, lobster). Their meats are animal-, health- and environment-friendly with the same taste, texture, more nutrients and no cruelty.“Shiok” in Singapore and Malay slang means fantastic and delicious.
Dr Sandhya Sriram (CEO)
“We at Shiok Meats are excited for this collaboration and the initial positive results that we have obtained. We believe that Integriculture’s cutting-edge technology will be a worthy solution for the expensive growth media issues that we face in the cultivated meat industry. Shiok Meats, being the world’s first cultivated crustacean meat company and the first cell-based meat company in SE Asia, is happy to collaborate with a Japanese company like Integriculture to accelerate the commercialization of our sustainable and clean meat products.”