WORLDKINGS - Worldkings News - Asia Records Institute (ASRI) Aleph Farms: World’s first company to produce lab-grown meat in space


( In September 2019, Aleph Farms conducted the world’s first experiment of meat cultivation aboard the International Space Station.

Aleph Farms is a cultivated meat company. The company was co-founded in 2017 with the Israeli food-tech incubator “The Kitchen” of Strauss Group Ltd., and with Prof. Shulamit Levenberg of the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and is headquartered in Rehovot, Israel.

In December 2018, Aleph Farms released its prototype, a steak grown directly from cow cells. In February 2021, Aleph Farms unveiled the world's first cell-based ribeye steak, produced through 3D bioprinting.

In September 2019, Aleph Farms conducted the world’s first experiment on meat cultivation aboard the International Space Station. It worked with 3D Bioprinting Solutions to produce small-scale muscle tissue, the building block of its cultivated steak. The focus of this experiment was on establishing the cell-cell contacts, the structure, and the texture of muscle tissue.


In October 2020, Aleph Farms announced the launch of its space program, Aleph Zero. The focus of the program is on developing a technological platform for the production of cultivated beef steaks in a process that consumes a significantly smaller portion of the resources needed to raise an entire animal for meat. Understanding these processes in such an extreme environment will advance Aleph's ability to develop a complete process of cultivated meat production for long-term space missions and build an efficient production process that reduces the environmental footprint on Earth.

In April 2022, Aleph Farms will carry out its second experiment in space as part of the Rakia Mission and Ax-1. Its experiment will make use of a special microfluidic device, developed by SpacePharma, that enables cow cells to grow and mature into cells that build muscle tissue, the cultivated steak, under microgravity conditions.


Aleph Farms aims to reach price parity with conventional meat within five years from its initial market launch. In February 2022, Aleph Farms reportedly moved into a 65,000-sq-ft facility to increase its operations sixfold. The move allowed the company to launch a pilot production facility and build an R&D center. The company expects its pilot facility to become fully operational by the summer of 2022, ahead of our initial market launch by 2023 in the Middle East and Asia, pending regulatory approvals for its cultivated beef steak.



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