Aleph Farms

Aleph Farms

Aleph Farms is an Israeli cellular agriculture start-up founded by Didier Toubia and Shulamit Levenberg in 2017 developing technologies for culturing meat products into 3D structures.

Aleph Farms (previously Meat-the-Future) was co-founded in 2017 by Israeli food-tech incubator The Kitchen, a part of the Strauss Group Ltd., and the Technion, a public research university.

Aleph Farms goal is to create products which have the same texture and shape as meat from conventional animal farming — such as steak. The company is pioneering technologies that allow cultured meat products to move beyond simple structures using one or two types of cells, such as ground beef, to more conventional meat cuts. Their technologies allow for several cell types to be grown into complex shapes; which has traditionally been a limiting factor for cultured meat companies.

Products

Their approach is to create a 3 dimensional scaffolding within their bioreactors which is seeded with multiple cell types including muscle fibers, connective tissue, blood vessels, and fat. These cells grow together into the structure of steak directly onto the scaffold with the bioreactor, rather than being manually combined afterwards.

Funding

Seed

In 2017 Aleph Farms became a member of the Strauss Group food-tech incubator called The Kitchen. After Aleph Farms began having success in the Strauss Group incubator program, Strauss Group invested an undisclosed amount of seed funding into Aleph Farms.

Timeline

May 15, 2019

Cargill announces it will invest in Aleph Farms.

Cargill is participating in a Series A investment round led by VisVires New Protein.

May 14, 2019

Aleph Farms raises a $12,000,000 series A round from Technion Seed, Peregrine Ventures, New Crop Capital, New Protein Capital, CPT Capital, Strauss and Cargill.

May 1, 2018

Aleph Farms raises a $350,000 venture round from Peregrine Ventures.

March 1, 2017

Seed funding

In 2017 Aleph Farms became a member of the Strauss Group food-tech incubator called the Kitchen. After Aleph Farms began having success in the Strauss Group incubator program, Strauss Group invested an undisclosed amount of seed funding into Aleph Farms.

January 1, 2017

Founding of Aleph Farms

Aleph farms was founded by Didier Toubia and Shulamit Levenberg, along with Strauss Group, in 2017 .

January 1, 2017

Aleph Farms raises a $2,400,000 seed round from New Crop Capital.

People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Didier Toubia

Co-founder and CEO

Neta Lavon

Vice president of research and development

Shulamit Levenberg

Co-founder and CSO

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Aleph Farms CEO on its 3D cultured beef: 'Unlike other companies, our meat grows together like real meat'

Niamh Michail

Web article

Aleph Farms Expands Production of Clean Meat | Project NOSH

Press release

News article

Beyond Burger(s): Aleph Farms Wants to Grow Steak Outside the Animal

Catherine Lamb

Web article

Israel's Aleph Farms Unveils 'World's First' Lab-Grown, Slaughter-Free Steak

Web article

The company behind America's favorite hummus has funded an under-the-radar effort to make lab-grown steak

Erin Brodwin

Web article

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Didier Toubia of Aleph Farms - Clean Meat Founders Series

August 29, 2018

Neta Lavon - Aleph Farms - Futurist For Food

September 26, 2018

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Clare Wilson
March 30, 2020
New Scientist
Lab-grown 'meat' often uses gelatin produced in slaughterhouses to give artificial beef a meat-like texture - but substituting soya protein can achieve that without killing animals
Aria Bendix
October 8, 2019
Business Insider
A spacecraft with vials of cow cells landed at the International Space Station in September. From there, cosmonauts fed the vials into a 3D printer.
Stephanie Mlot
October 8, 2019
Geek.com
Aleph Farms, in collaboration with the International Space Station, has successfully produced meat 248 miles away from natural resources. The Israeli food company, which last year developed the world's first lab-grown steaks, has ...
Charlie Filmer-Court
October 7, 2019
The Telegraph
Two hundred and forty-eight miles away from Earth and without a cow in sight, the first piece of beef has been grown in space.
May 15, 2019
WebWire
The demand for protein is expected to grow 70% over the next 30 years as the global population increases significantly. With an eye to complementing its focus on animal protein, Cargill announced today it will invest in Aleph Farms, a cultured meat company focused on growing complex meat varieties like steak. Cargill is participating in a Series A investment round led by VisVires New Protein and joined by several other investors looking to move Aleph Farms' product from prototype to the c...

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