An Edinburgh-based food biotechnology firm says it is extending the reach of its animal stem-cell technology with the launch of a venture that will produce and sell high-end, eco-friendly dog food using lab-grown meat.
Roslin Technologies has debuted the British initiative – known as Good Dog Food – with Agronomics, an investor that focuses on cellular agriculture, to develop healthy, eco-friendly pet food products that are made using cultivated meat.
This is not a complete switch of focus for the Scottish outfit though. The company notes that the new offering is entering the market when it already supplies its cell lines to cultivated meat producers for use in lab-grown meat products such as sausages, burgers, and chicken nuggets.
As reported by The Scotsman,The two parties involved in the venture say it has come about based on the belief that many pet-owners are looking for more sustainable alternatives, food-wise, while cultivated meat is grown from cells without the need to raise and slaughter animals and could have a “significantly” lower environmental impact.
Roslin Technologies says its relationship with the University of Edinburgh – the firm is based at its Roslin Innovation Centre – provides the tie-up with access to animal science and top research facilities and capabilities.
Turning to Agronomics, this is billed as bringing a network of “passionate” investors and cultivated meat experts that will help build the venture.
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