Tackling methane

Roslin gets £1m to turn animal cells into meat


Programme aims to replace animal rearing

Roslin Technologies has received a £1 million grant to develop its world-leading technology for cultivated meat which is grown directly from animal cells without the need to raise animals.

The grant is part of a UK government drive to make food production more sustainable and follows plans announced a the COP26 summit in Glasgow to lower emissions of greenhouse gas methane.

Animal rearing is a significant contributor to methane released into the atmosphere and the increased use of cultivated meat could help reduce emissions. 

Support comes from UK Research and Innovation under the Transforming Food Production programme, with investment led by the British Innovation Fund.

Demand for protein alternatives to meat has grown considerably recently, in part due to concerns about the environmental impact of traditional farming and as people try to reduce their red meat intake. Cultivated meat as a result is getting significant attention, attracting more than $1 billion in investments in recent years.

Roslin Technologies is using its advanced cell technology to work with partners around the world to enable cultivated meat to reach consumer markets faster.

While the technology is developing rapidly in this area, production costs are still high and not optimised for large scale production. Roslin Technologies’ cells have been shown to replicate indefinitely and without the deterioration that other cell types demonstrate, thereby making them very suitable for large scale, and more efficient production. 

Roslin Technologies plans to use this investment as a springboard for its series A investment round which will help fund the next wave of innovation in cells for the industry.

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