Extracellular, a cultivated meat-focused contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), announced the availability of low-cost and license-free cell banks for research to cultivated meat developers in the UK. The banks of primary cells will be made available to early-stage cultivated meat researchers and startups via funding from StartupUK and through a collaboration with Mutus, another UK startup focused on low-cost inputs for cultivated meat growth media.
Animal primary cells relevant for cultivated meat research are typically not only expensive and often of poor quality, but usually have limited information about their performance or provenance. Their use is also limited due to stringent licensing and commercial agreement requirements. Extracellular aims to address these barriers by providing animal primary cells suitable for cultivated meat research and development at up to 90% cheaper than other cell line providers and free from licensing restrictions.
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