For decades, humanity has produced high value, small volume proteins, enzymes, and small molecules via cell cultures. What if we leveraged decades of experience in industrial fermentation to produce egg proteins this way?
That is exactly what New Harvest community members Arturo Elizondo and David Anchel set out to do as the New Harvest Egg Project.
The New Harvest Egg Project eventually turned into Clara Foods, the world’s first company to grow egg whites from cell cultures instead of hens.
As of April 2021, Clara Foods has launched the world’s first animal-free animal pepsin and partnered with AB InBev to scale production of their egg proteins.
New Harvest currently holds founding equity in Clara Foods. With it, we are building an endowment for future cellular agriculture research.
Due to the explosion of private investment in cellular agriculture following the success of Clara Foods, New Harvest no longer starts companies.
At the beginning of our Clara Foods journey, we documented updates about the project here.
Clara Foods is now too big for us to keep track of what they’re up to. They are also an independent company! To stay up-to-date on Clara Food’s latest developments, please visit their website.
March, 2015 – In light of growing independent interest among investors in cellular agriculture, New Harvest moves away from founding companies. Instead, we focus on more neglected aspects of ecosystem building and supporting pre-competitive research.
December, 2014 – The New Harvest Egg Project is renamed Clara Foods and accepted into IndieBio SF, an accelerator which provides lab space and funding.
November, 2014 – David Anchel, Arturo Elizondo, and New Harvest unite as the New Harvest Egg Project.