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Posted on October 11, 2019 by  & 

Beef 3D printed in space for the first time

3D Bioprinting Solutions, Meal Source Technologies, Aleph Farms and Finless Foods complete the first cultured meat biofabrication experiment on board the ISS. For more information see the IDTechEx report on 3D Bioprinting 2018 - 2028: Technologies, Markets, Forecasts.
 
3D Bioprinting Solutions biotechnology laboratory, Meal Source Technologies, as well as Aleph Farms and Finless Foods, are proud to announce successful result of the joint project which involved magnetic biofabrication of bovine, mummichog and rabbit myoblast/fibroblast constructs in order to lay the groundwork for renewable protein sources for long term manned missions. Additionally, results of this space experiment will be used to enhance the capacity for scalable cultured meat production on Earth.
 
This joint project combined both the unique technology of magnetic biofabrication, developed by 3D Bioprinting Solutions, and cutting-edge developments in cellular agriculture, accomplished by Meal Source Technologies, Aleph Farms, and Finless Foods in order to provide important stepping stones for the emerging industry of cultured meat production. 3 different meat types will be tested within the framework of this experiment: bovine myoblast/fibroblast tissue, provided by Aleph Farms, mummichog fibroblasts, provided by Finless Foods, and rabbit myoblast line, developed by Meal Source Technologies.
 
 
3D Bioprinting Solutions pioneered the technology of biofabrication in space by assembling thyroid gland and cartilage organ constructs in the Organ.Aut bioprinter on board the ISS back in December 2018. Data from the experiment confirmed the performance capabilities of the equipment and proved the feasibility of using three-dimensional magnetic bioprinting, which employs a magnetic field instead of a traditional solid biodegradable substrate "scaffold".
 
Meal Source Technologies is a newly founded US-based subsidiary of VIVAX BIO focused on bioprinting application in cellular agriculture.
 
Aleph Farms' unique non-GMO technology, co-developed with Professor Shulamit Levenberg of the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, relies on a natural process occurring in cows to regenerate and build muscle tissues.
 
Finless Foods is an early-stage biotechnology company whose mission is to develop and mass manufacture pioneering marine animal food products for human consumption. Their objective is to create seafood sustainably using scientific cellular agriculture technologies.
 
"Long-term manned space missions are bound to face unparalleled challenges with nutrition and the reutilization of all available organic resources. As a company, which has already gained a lot of experience and expertise with both bioprinting and space-related engineering designs, we believe that biofabrication of cultured meat in space has several unique advantages such as sustainability, personalization, and biosafety. What is more, creating cultured meat products in space may grant invaluable scientific insights for implementation of this technology on Earth," said Aleksandr Ostrovsky, co-founder of 3D Bioprinting Solutions and Meal Source Technologies.
 
 
Source and top image: 3D Printing Solutions
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