Steakholder Foods Ltd., an Israeli foodtech startup developing a suite of advanced manufacturing technologies to produce cultured meat products and formerly known as MeaTech 3D, has filed a provisional patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), regarding methods and systems for adipocytes differentiation – in other words, “fat differentiation.” The company’s investors include none other than Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary, who invested in the company one year ago.
This is also the company that can provide Jews with kosher pork. Unfortunately, however, many rabbis will not provide something called pork with kosher certification so Steakholder needs to call it something else. Oh well.
And Steakholder is not the only Israeli firm in the fake meat field, not by far. And Israeli firms are not just making fake pork. Startup Nation has several firms offering artificial meat through the wonders of 3D printing. Redefine Meat is one such startup. Established in 2018, Redefine Meat applies its proprietary 3D printing technology, meat digital modeling, and advanced food formulations to produce animal-free meat with the “appearance, texture and flavor of whole muscle meat.”
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The new Steakholder patent application details a new and improved process for differentiating stem cells into fat (increasing cultivated fat yields from stem cells), which is more easily reproducible and cost-effective than current methods. This patent filing is the latest step in Steakholder Foods’ push to reduce global dependence on animal-derived components.
Founded in 2019, Steakholder Foods Ltd., formerly MeaTech 3D ($MITC), is on a mission to make real meat sustainable and slaughter free. With proprietary 3D bioprinting technology and advanced cellular biology, the company is developing whole-cut, ground and hybrid products that will allow people to continue enjoying tender, juicy meat while making the right choice for the planet and all its inhabitants. Join our new community of meat lovers and help us write the next chapter in the story of meat.
As a member of the UN Global Compact, the company is committed to issues embodied in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which include food security, reducing carbon footprint, water conservation and the preservation of ecosystems.
Arik Kaufman, Steakholder Foods’ Chief Executive Officer and Founder said, “The filing of this provisional patent application represents another step forward in Steakholder Foods’ ongoing mission to reduce the cost and complexity of cultured fat production, and strengthens our fully-owned patent portfolio. We are excited by the potential to use healthier, plant-sourced cell-culturing inputs in our hybrid as well as bioprinted products.”