MyriaMeat Develops Scaffold-Free Cultivated Pork Fillet, Plans Tasting Event Later This Year

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German food tech startup MyriaMeat has unveiled a cultivated pork fillet made from 100% pork cells, without any scaffolds or plant proteins.

Months after emerging from stealth, German startup MyriaMeat has announced the successful development of a cultivated pork fillet made entirely from pig cells.

Showcasing the fillet at an event in Berlin, which was hosted by MyriaMeat investor SPRIN-D, the German innovation agency, the cultivated meat uses no scaffolds or plant proteins for shape. “Our meat is free from vegetable additives and genetic modifications,” said Malte Tiburcy, co-founder of MyriaMeat and head of research at the University of Göttingen.

“The industrial revolution is coming, We have the technological knowledge to end the suffering of billions of animals while feeding humanity on the basis of a healthier, more sustainable product,” said managing director Florian Hüttner. “We have a responsibility to facilitate that change.”

How MyriaMeat produces cultivated pork with 100% pig cells

Founded in 2022 by researchers from the University of Göttingen, MyriaMeat transfers its founders’ patented medical technology to food applications. Developed over 25 years of research, it leverages pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and parthenogenetic stem cells, which allow it to grow functional muscle structures and whole cuts of meat.

Typically, producing structured or thick meats can be aided by growing cells on a scaffold, which enables the attachment, differentiation and maturation of cells in a specific manner. But scaffolding has a high cost attached to it. iPSCs, meanwhile, possess self-assembling properties that can be utilised by organoids to reproduce features of in-vitro tissue organisation and mimic the characteristics of a variety of tissues.

MyriaMeat believes only iPSC-derived pure muscles can recreate animal muscles as closely as possible, and notes that the muscles it has developed can contract.

“Our unique iPSC pipeline allows us to obtain stable stem cell cultures from a single, harmless biopsy,” said Hüttner. “Our vision is to redefine meat consumption in line with the needs of a growing world population and environmental protection, significantly reducing the CO2 emissions of meat production.”

Fellow cultivated pork producer Meatable, which is gearing up to launch in Singapore this year, also uses a technology based on iPSCs to make its product. The company has streamlined the process in a way that it now only needs four days to create fully differentiated cultivated meat – the fastest in the industry. UK startup 3DBT, meanwhile, has created a cultivated pork fillet without any plant-based scaffolding, fillers or blends either, forgoing the hybrid approach being undertaken by many in the industry (including Meatable).

Companies like Mewery, Clever CarnivoreUncommonIvy Farm TechnologiesJoes Future Food TechCellX and Magic Valley are all working on cultivated pork too. They’re creating a solution to the intensifying concerns about pig meat – outbreaks of African Swine Fever have occurred in many parts of the world recently, with pig populations being culled in Russia, Hong Kong, the UK, the US and India. That has led to a shortage of pork and subsequently driven up prices, with the viral disease adding to the meat’s existing carcinogenic status.

A tasting event for cultivated meat

cultivated pork
Courtesy: MyriaMeat

“In our company, it’s now about implementation, no longer basic research, and we have demonstrated this with our prototype developed in Göttingen within just one year,” said Hüttner.

“At MyriaMeat, we have built a platform not only for the production of high-quality and pure meat but also for a variety of other meat-based products and are an ideal partner for the development of innovative foods with alternative proteins,” he added.

The company has already secured €43M in funding, which was the largest investment in a cultivated meat startup in Europe last year. Aside from pork, it has plans to create cultivated Wagyu beef and deer meat, and it’s in discussions with industrial partners and potential investors to facilitate its scale-up efforts and host a tasting event later this year.

Last month, Meatable held the EU’s first public tasting of cultivated meat, showcasing its hybrid pork sausages to members of the media, government and industry.

While MyriaMeat scales up, it will likely keep a close eye on consumer preferences and regulatory developments in its home country, where pork consumption fell by 19% from 2015 to 2022. A YouGov survey of 2,000 Germans published in March showed that 47% of Germans are willing to try cultivated meat – although two-thirds of consumers find plant-based meat more appealing.

According to the poll, two-thirds of Germans also believe cultivated meat should be produced locally to benefit the economy if it were to come to market, and 47% think the government should advance the sector’s development and support farmers to capitalise on the opportunities presented by alternative proteins.

For its part, the German government has committed €38M in its 2024 federal budget to promote alternative proteins, including the manufacturing and processing of cultivated meat.


  • Anay Mridul

    Anay is Green Queen's resident news reporter. Originally from India, he worked as a vegan food writer and editor in London, and is now travelling and reporting from across Asia. He's passionate about coffee, plant-based milk, cooking, eating, veganism, food tech, writing about all that, profiling people, and the Oxford comma.

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