Integriculture Inc.

Integriculture Inc.

Integriculture is a Japanese cellular agriculture company making lab grown foie gras and other clean meat and cellular agriculture products. The company was founded in on October 23, 2015 and is located in Tokyo, Japan.

Integriculture is a Japanese cellular agriculture company making cellular agriculture products. The company was founded on October 23, 2015 and is located in Tokyo, Japan. Yuki Hanyu founded Integriculture on October 23, 2015 as a spin-off from a non-profit citizen science community Shojinmeat Project, as a way to make commercial cellar agricultural products with what was developed in Shojinmeat Project.

Integriculture uses a "Coculture" approach for producing their cellular agricultural products. They have made a cell culturing system that grows muscles cells and liver cells in a connected bioreactor. The liver cells are capable of producing growth factors needed by the muscle cells, and the transfer of the growth factors to the muscle cells is taken care of by Integriculture's coculture bioreactor. These coculturing techniques allows Integriculture to significantly lower the cost of producing clean meat using cellular agricultural techniques. Coculturing is a major part of the "Culnet System" being employed by Integriculture for the large scale management of cell cultures at industrial scales. Integriculture plans on producing non-food cellular agriculture products in 2020 at their first commercial plant in Tokyo.

Partnerships

Women's Medical University of Tokyo

On November 16, 2017 Integirculture and the Women's Medical University of Tokyo signed a joint research deal for research into how to successfully industrialize cellular agriculture and tissue engineering.

Funding

Angel round

On December 28, 2016 Inegriculture closed its first round of seed funding. The seed round was lead by Glocalink, who invested and undisclosed amount of money in Integriculture in exchange for the third-party allotment of new shares.

Seed round

On April 27, 2018 Integriculture received ¥300M (~$2.7 million USD) in seed funding from Real Tech Fund, the Japanese government, Beyond Next Ventures, Euglena Co., and Dr. Hiroaki Kitano (CEO of Sony Computer Science Laboratories).

Patents

Description
Status
Link
Date

Growth guidance system, growth induction controller, growth guidance control method, and the growth induction control program

Granted

5/2/2016

Growth induction system, growth induction control apparatus, growth induction control method, and growth induction control program

Pending

5/2/2016

Timeline

April 26, 2018

Seed funding round

On April 27, 2018 Integriculture received ¥300M (~$2.7 million USD) in seed funding from Real Tech Fund, Beyond Next Ventures, A-FIVE (Japanese government fund), MTG, euglena and Dr. Hiroaki Kitano (CEO of Sony Computer Science Laboratories).

December 27, 2016

Angel funding round

On December 28, 2016 Inegriculture closed its first round of seed funding. The seed round was lead by Glocalink, who invested and undisclosed amount of money in Integriculture in exchange for the third-party allotment of new shares.

October 22, 2015

Founding of Integriculture

Yuki Hanyu founded Integriculture on October 23, 2015 after co-founding the non-profit citizen science community Shojinmeat Project, as a way to make commercial cellar agricultural products with what he learned during his time with Shojinmeat Project.

Funding rounds

Funding round
Funding type
Funding round amount (USD)
Funding round date
Investment
Integriculture Inc. Seed round, May 2018
May 25, 2018
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Ikko Kawashima

CTO

Keita Fukumoto

COO

Keita Tanaka

CCO (Chief Culture Officer)

Mizuki Komasa

Board Member

Yuki Hanyu

CEO

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Getting to Know... Yuki Hanyu of the Shojinmeat Project

New Harvest

Web article

Integriculture Completes Seed Funding to Bring Cultured Meat to Japan

Ahmed Khan

News article

Japanese clean meat firm Integriculture raises ¥300m to fund new plants

foodnavigator-asia.com

News article

Lab-made ‘foie gras’: Japan firm claims product could be commercially viable by 2021

Lester Wan

Web article

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Integriculture

May 17, 2018

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