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There’s been some academic research around the use of platelet lysate (a liquid derived from blood platelets) as an alternative culture medium. Agulos Biotech is working on a simulated version of porcine platelet lysate.

— THE SPOON

Cultured meat refers to meat created using cell culture techniques within a laboratory or manufacturing facility. It is produced by growing master cells collected from cattle, chicken, pigs, fish, and lamb, as well as other types of livestock and seafood. In addition to meat and seafood production, cultured meat techniques can be used to ethically manufacture other types of animal products, such as leather, as well as animal byproducts, including lab-grown milk and hen-free egg whites, for example. Cultured meat is ethically produced because livestock is not used within the manufacturing processes beyond collecting the initial cells required for cell culture.

— BUSINESS WIRE

At least six startups—Agulos Biotech, Back of the Yards Algae Sciences, Biftek, Cultured Blood, Future Fields, and Multus Media—concentrate on low-cost, serum-free cell culture media or media ingredients, such as growth factors or growth factor mimetics, for producers and researchers in the cultivated meat field.

— FOODNAVIGATOR-USA

Cellular agriculture is the controlled and sustainable manufacture of agricultural products with cells and tissues without plant or animal involvement. Today, microorganisms cultivated in bioreactors already produce egg and milk proteins, sweeteners, and flavors for human nutrition as well as leather and fibers for shoes, bags, and textiles. Furthermore, plant cell and tissue cultures provide ingredients that stimulate the immune system and improve skin texture, with another precommercial cellular agriculture product, in vitro meat, currently receiving a great deal of attention. All these approaches could assist traditional agriculture in continuing to provide for the dietary requirements of a growing world population while freeing up important resources such as arable land. Despite early successes, challenges remain and are discussed in this review, with a focus on production processes involving plant and animal cell and tissue cultures.

— ANNUAL REVIEW OF FOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

A few newer companies such as Agulos Biotech and Defined Bioscience are developing serum replacements for cell culture applications, although their products are not specifically geared towards cultivated meat.

— NATHAN MERZVINSKIS, STACEY SKAALURE PHD, MEDIUM

Agulos Biotech (US, 2017, cell culture media) — developing Simulated Platelet Lysate (porcine), a replacement for FBS.

— GREEN QUEEN