Meatable Launches New Facility in Leiden
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Meatable Launches New Facility in Leiden

  • 23 November 2023

Meatable, a front-runner in the cultivated meat industry, recently inaugurated its new pilot facility in Leiden, marking a significant stride in the development of cultivated pork. Situated in the Bio Science Park, this 3300 square meter facility represents a substantial expansion from their previous site, enabling Meatable to increase its bioreactor capacity from 50L to 200L, eventually aiming for 500L. This expansion paves the way for larger scale testing and production of cultivated pork products.

Meatable's growth and milestones

Since its inception in 2018 in a modest 25 square meter office in Leiden, Meatable has seen rapid growth. A year later, the company shifted to the DSM Biotech Campus in Delft, expanding its team to over 90 employees. During its time in Delft, Meatable hit several key milestones, including the debut of its first cultivated pork products and achieving a significant industry breakthrough. They developed one of the fastest processes for creating cultivated meat, turning a single animal cell into pork in just eight days, a global first.

Future plans and impact

Following a successful $35 million Series B funding round, the opening of the new facility in Leiden is a crucial step towards commercialisation. Its location near the University of Leiden ensures access to expert knowledge and cutting-edge facilities, vital for Meatable's preparation for its commercial launch in Singapore in 2024. This aligns with the company's mission to make cultured meat widely accessible.

Krijn de Nood, co-founder and CEO of Meatable, highlights the company's evolution from a mere concept to a mature enterprise with tangible products that have the potential to revolutionise how we consume meat. With this new facility, Meatable can scale up its processes and hasten its commercial launch, bringing it closer to achieving its goal of producing delicious cultivated meat products that are considerate of people, animals, and the planet.

In recent months, there have been several positive developments in the cultured meat sector. In July, the Netherlands became the first EU member state to approve the tasting of cultivated meat, following the United States' earlier decision to allow two companies to market cultured meat. More regulatory advancements are anticipated in 2024.

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