The commercialization of cell culture collagen is the next step for the company as part of a systemic approach to the transition of agriculture in its complexity.
REHOVOT, Israel, March 18, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aleph Farms, the first company to grow beef steaks, today announced that it is expanding its product line to include a unique collagen production platform for cell culture. By developing a complete alternative to intensively farmed animals, the company’s integrated and highly differentiated strategy demonstrates its global vision of complementing sustainable but less productive agricultural practices.
“∘The cellular agriculture industry has made great promises to replace much of intensive farming practices, which account for up to 70% of global meat production. However, cultured meat is only part of this solution, as meat represents only 30-35% of the slaughtered cow. The rest includes many important by-products. To achieve our vision, we must also offer alternatives to other animal parts, including collagen products, said Didier Toubia, co-founder and CEO of Aleph Farms. “∘Focusing on single categories of animal products fails to capture the complexity of the livestock ecosystem. The protein transition must rely on a systems approach to successfully contribute to a global, fair and inclusive transition in animal agriculture.∘”
Conventional collagen is produced by boiling and processing cow hides and bones and is widely used in a variety of industries. Aleph Farms’ patented, cultured collagen offers the attributes of natural animal-derived collagen that are unmatched by recombinant plant-based or fermented alternatives.
Aleph Frontiers, a division of the Aleph Farms Research Center, focuses on developing new technologies and products for eventual commercialization. As the first product to emerge from the company’s recently announced incubator, and after 18 months of research in stealth mode by a team of experts, Aleph Collagen is now entering full product development and is expected to launch in 2024.
“We leverage key components of our steak production method – including our bovine cell sources and animal-free growth medium – to produce multiple types of naturally occurring collagen directly from cow cells, as well as the entire extracellular matrix (ECM) ), which includes a variety of fiber-forming proteins and represents the complete matrix of skin, bones and joints,” said Dr. Neta Lavon, CTO and Vice President of R&D at Aleph Farms. abundant in the MEC and its benefits are well known.∘”
This announcement follows the company’s expansion into its new pilot farmed beef plant. The two platforms largely share similar inputs and equipment and exhibit operational and cost-saving synergies.
About Aleph Farms
Aleph Farms grows beef steaks from non-genetically modified, non-immortalized cells taken from a live cow, without slaughtering the animal and with significantly reduced environmental impact. The company was co-founded in 2017 by Didier Toubia, The Kitchen Hub of the Strauss Group and Prof. Shulamit Levenberg from the Technion Faculty of Biomedical Engineering – Israel Institute of Technology. The company’s vision is to provide quality nutrition to everyone, anytime, anywhere, unconditionally. For more, follow Aleph Farms on Instagram, twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, or visit www.aleph-farms.com. Access the Aleph Farms press kit here.
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