Establishment of the In Vitro Meat Consortium

The In Vitro Meat Consortium was established at a workshop held at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences June 15, 2007 (see meeting report). It is an international alliance of environmentally concerned scientists striving to facilitate the establishment of a large-scale process industry for the production of muscle tissue for human consumption through concerted R&D efforts and attraction of funding to fuel these efforts.

The consortium is currently led by an interim steering committee with a specific mandate. The interim phase will end with the consortium’s first international symposium April 9-11, 2008, where (i) the consortium’s organizational structure will be determined, (ii) the scientific and industrial challenges will be examined and defined, and (iii) strategies will be consolidated.


Most cellular products exist in tissues. Tissues are made outside the body in a process called tissue engineering.  Cells from a particular species and tissue type are assembled on a scaffold (to grow on) with serum (food for the cells to feed on while they grow) in an environment that promotes growth.

Today, tissue engineering is a relatively new scientific pursuit, with a focus on clinical applications such as growing skin for burn victims, or organs for patients requiring organ transplantation. The focus is on the tissue having a biological function — in other words, the tissue engineered organ needs to be able to work in a living person.


The First In Vitro Meat Symposium

The symposium was held at the Norwegian Food Research Institute (Matforsk), Aas, Norway, hosted by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) and the Norwegian Food Research Institute (Matforsk). The two main goals of the symposium were to identify and discuss...
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Would you like to contribute to the mission?

We are in the process of identifying the full range of academic and industrial competences that are needed for undertaking this visionary R&D programme. If you would like to contribute and your field of expertise is in one or more of the identified areas, or in an...
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