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Cultured fish meat related companies and patents (with a focus on Israeli companies)

Oct 24, 2022

Cultured fish meat related companies and patents (with a focus on Israeli companies)

Following on from cultured meat and cell-cultured milk, I would like to take a quick look at companies and patents related to cultured fish meat. This time, I will focus on companies from Israel, where the government is fully committed to food tech.

The following information from the Economic Affairs Department of the Embassy of Israel was also used as a reference for this issue.

Foodtech, Economic Affairs Department, Embassy of Israel

Forsea

Forsea is an aquaculture seafood company with platform technology for eel and other seafood farming.

https://israel-keizai.org/business/forsea/

We have perfected the only commercially viable aquaculture process.

But that is not our only strength.

-Natural Fish Composition – Circular Economy Criteria

-Substantial decrease in growth factors

-Higher scalability potential

-Rapid cell proliferation capability

-Simpler and more cost-effective production

-Endless fish species possibilities

https://forseafoods.com/#adv

This company seems to have a patent on platform technology related to natural tissue formation methods, but I was unable to locate the patent in my cursory research.

WandaFish

Israeli cultured fish startup Wanda Fish announced that it has signed two agreements with Tufts University (Massachusetts, USA) for the development of cultured fish.

Under the terms of the license agreement, Wanda Fish has acquired exclusive rights to use the intellectual property in fish cell culture from Tufts University researcher David Kaplan, a leader in cell agriculture.

In addition, a two-year sponsored research agreement has been signed, under which Wanda Fish will support Kaplan’s research program in cultured fish production. The partnership with Kaplan, a leading expert in cellular agriculture, will serve as a catalyst to advance the research and development of the fledgling Wanda Fish.

https://israel-keizai.org/news/wanda-fish/

We aim to provide the highest quality, uncompromised aquaculture seafood solutions by integrating unique applications of innovation from various disciplines such as cell culture, biotechnology, food tech, and culinary design.

https://wandafish.com/

A quick check of David Kaplan’s inventor’s patents on Lens.org, which I mentioned earlier, reveals 23 applications, mostly for silk fibroin, in Japan, Brazil, Mexico, and China.

David Kaplan was also involved in the commercialization of silk fibroin as a medical device used in surgery.

E-Fishient

E-Fishient Protein is a joint venture between Biomeat Foodtech and the Volcani Center to develop farmed tilapia.

https://israel-keizai.org/business/efishient/

A quick search of this company also did not reveal any patent applications in the public domain.

A little different in tone, here is a start-up company from Germany that was featured in an NHK BS1 special the other day.

Bluu Seafood

Extract adult stem cells from fish in a one-time biopsy and develop cell lines → After successful cell isolation, define optimal serum-free conditions for unlimited cell growth → Culture and grow cells in bioreactors in nutrient-rich media → Fish cells scale up to form the cellular biomass needed for the final production stage Cellular biomass becomes a new food for the final consumer product.

https://bluu.bio/how-it-works

In addition, we are also interested in the following companies in Japan

IntegriCulture Inc.

The company focuses on “cellular agriculture,” and in collaboration with two Japanese firms, will conduct research to establish a technology for culturing fish muscle cells.

As mentioned in the above article, the shortage of fishery resources is one of the recent environmental and food issues. In Japan, where daily meals are closely related to seafood, I personally would like to see more effort put into research that will help solve the shortage of fishery resources.