Modern Meadow Using Bioprinting to Produce 3D Printed Meat

The Thiel Foundation annouced a grant up to $350,000 to Modern Meadow, for a plan to employ 3D bioprinting to produce 3D printed meat. The 3D printed meat may one day become a replacement for common meats that people use in their daily meals today. According to Modern Meadow, the 3D printed meat will bring many advantages to people including its environmental friendly approach to dinner.

Modern Meadow believes the production of bioprinted meat will provide an environmental friendly approach to protein intake. The co-founder of Thiel Foundation, Andras Forgacs, expressed that the traditional way of getting protein from animals as being very costly since it results in a huge amount of money spent in the field of livestock.

He said, "If you look at the resource intensity of everything that goes into a hamburger, it is an environmental train wreck." Lindy Fishburne, the executive director of Breakout Labs, a project of Thiel Foundation, also supported the plan of Modern Meadow. He said, "Modern Meadow is combining regenerative medicine with 3D printing to imagine an economic and compassionate solution to a global problem. We hope our support will help propel them through the early stage of their development, so they can turn their inspired vision into reality."

Modern Meadow’s plan of 3D printed meat is passing through its initial phase at the moment, and they have set a short term goal to first create a one inch long slice of synthetic meat before moving on to much bigger products.

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