A breakthrough in cultivated steak production will be introduced by Israel-based MeaTech 3D as it has bio-printed a 3.67 oz steak cultured from real fat and muscle cells. This is in line with their goal to develop the replacement for traditional steak that mirrors farm-raised premium steak.
The new variant utilises non-meat ingredients and does not contain soy or pea protein typically found in plant-based alternatives.
The proprietary process begins by isolating bovine stem cells from tissue samples, turning them into bio-inks that are compatible with MeaTech 3D’s bio-printer. The equipment features advanced bio-printing technology that’s developed in-house the company’s engineering team.
Using the digital design of a steak’s structure, these bio-inks are then turned into steak. It is then placed in an incubator to mature where the printed stem cells are developed into fat and muscle tissue.
Sharon Fima, CEO and CTO, MeaTech: “Today’s breakthrough is the culmination of over one year’s efforts in our cellular biology and high-throughput tissue engineering processes, as well as our precision bioprinting technology. By bio-printing a 3.67 oz steak comprised of living tissue, we believe we have both validated our core technologies placed ourselves at the forefront of the race to develop high-end, real cell-based cultivated premium meat products.”