The global seafood industry has a first-sale value of over $400B annually, and growth is forecast to continue. With commercial fishing and aquaculture unable to meet growing market demand, cell-cultured seafood can play an integral role in helping to supply the global market in a sustainable manner. As most of the seafood production in Canada occurs in the coastal regions, cell-cultured seafood provides Ontario with a unique opportunity to participate in the seafood economy.
Working with CCRM/Cytiva, a global leader in scaling up cell manufacturing, CELL AG TECH intends to grow snapper cells in 2D and 3D, to lay the foundation for commercial-scale production and commercialization. Proteomic assessments will be performed on muscle precursor cells from 2D and 3D cultures to:
- Determine the differences in protein expression between 2D and 3D
- Regulate the environment the cells are grown in to achieve optimal conditions and outcomes
- Better understand the nutritional value of the cells
- Provide data for regulatory processes.
This level of scale-up will move our organization closer to commercial scale production and price competitiveness, as well as allowing us to produce a greater number of cells for our experiments and R&D initiatives, such as valuable optimization parameters and creation of additional food product prototypes.