IntegriCulture selected as a semifinalist for the $15M XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion competition.
IntegriCulture Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director: Yuki Hanyu) has been selected as a semifinalist for the “XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion” competition.
XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion is a four-year, $15M competition that will incentivize teams to produce chicken breast or fish fillet alternatives that replicate or outperform conventional chicken and fish in: access, environmental sustainability, animal welfare, nutrition, as well as taste and texture. A $2M bonus prize will be awarded to the team that develops a whole animal-origin-free growth media at the lowest production cost. This competition is solution agnostic, meaning cultivated, plant-based, blended, and other approaches are eligible as long as they meet the competition’s judging criteria.
Out of 270 interested teams from around the world, our company was selected as one of the 28 semifinalist teams.
XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion originated from the Future of Food Impact Roadmap, an in-depth analysis by XPRIZE of global food system challenges, which found alternative proteins at-scale to be a critical impact area requiring significant technological advances, decreased price points, and notable shifts in consumers’ preferences. The competition was then launched with the support of title sponsor ASPIRE, the technology programme management pillar of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) which shapes research and development for transformative technology outcomes and defines Abu Dhabi’s R&D strategy, and The Tony Robbins Foundation, the competition’s benefactor. Official partnerships of the competition include The Good Food Institute, Foundation for Food and Agriculture (FFAR), District 3 Innovation Centre, New Harvest, and Proveg International . Through the development of chicken and fish alternatives, teams competing in the prize will work to ensure that, as the world grows in wealth, the availability of sustainable food can meet the coming demand for food products that allow the next billion to live active and healthy lives.
To learn more about XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion, visit xprize.org/feed.
XPRIZE is a global future-positive movement of over 1M people and rising, delivering truly radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. XPRIZE inspires and empowers a global community of problem-solvers to positively impact our world by crowdsourcing solutions through large-scale competitions, tackling the world’s grandest challenges in exploration, environment and human equity. Active competitions include the $100 Million XPRIZE Carbon Removal with Elon Musk, $20 Million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, $15 Million XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion, $10 Million XPRIZE Rainforest, $10 Million ANA Avatar XPRIZE, $5 Million IBM Watson AI XPRIZE, $5 Million XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling and $1 Million Digital Learning Challenge. Donate, sign up or join a team at xprize.org.
About IntegriCulture Inc.
We developed the low-cost cell culture technology CulNet SystemTM, to be used as a new platform for the biotech field and to expand it to encompass a broad range of others too—like foods and leather made from animal cells.
The system is a patented, versatile cell culture platform technology that mimics the intercellular interactions environment in animals. In theory, it can be used to culture all animal cells on a large scale and at low cost. Along with cell-cultured meat, it has a wide variety of other applications. On a laboratory scale, we have already succeeded in producing serum components. Up until now, these have always been very expensive to make, therefore producing them with cultured cells has slashed the cost of cell culture by eliminating the need for costly fetal bovine serum and growth factors.
Preparations are underway for cultured foie gras to be served at luxury restaurants and other places
About Cellular Agriculture
Cellular agriculture is a method of producing products originally harvested from animals and plants by culturing specific cells. One of these products is cell cultured meat which uses cell culture technology, eliminating environmental burdens and public health risks, and providing a sustainable supply to meet the growing demand for meat worldwide.
Company name: IntegriCulture Inc.
Representative Director and CEO: Yuki Hanyu
Established: October 23, 2015
Head Office: F7, 4-1-3, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-0033, Japan *Registered head office
Shinjuku Office (in Tokyo Women’s Medical University): No.101, TWIns 3F, 8-1, Kawada-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 162-8666, Japan
Business activities: Research and development of useful components, cosmetics, food, and cell-cultured meat using the CulNet SystemTM, a general-purpose, large-scale cell culture technology.
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