We are building a low cost, open source modular bioreactor for in vitro tissue culture to increase global access to cellular agriculture research tools. The project is a collaboration between New Harvest and the Institute for Development of Advanced Applied Systems (IRNAS) in Slovenia.
This initiative builds on a prototype created by seed grantees in the United States and Canada.
Now in Slovenia, the bioreactor travels back and forth between IRNAS and the University of Maribor as a tissue engineer tests each step and the hardware team makes changes in response.
The bioreactor is designed to rapidly adapt to a constant flurry of new research about cultured meat. Technical specifications (specs) are available on GitHub.
August, 2020 – IRNAS publishes a peer-reviewed paper in Food Engineering Reviews about the potential of new tools to accelerate cultured meat production.
July, 2020 – IRNAS hosts a webinar about the bioreactor.
June, 2020 – IRNAS publishes a blog post about the bioreactor.
April, 2020 – The bioreactor begins its next phase of testing!
May, 2018 – New Harvest teams up with the Institute for Development of Advanced Applied Systems (IRNAS) to turn the prototype into an operational, open source bioreactor.
January, 2018 – New Harvest’s inaugural seed grantees build the prototype and hand over the project to New Harvest for next steps.
October, 2017 – A team of undergraduate engineers reach out to New Harvest seeking funding to create a bioreactor prototype for a capstone project. Lacking a funding mechanism to support short-term research, New Harvest creates a new kind of grant—the New Harvest Seed Grant—to fund the project.
This initiative is a collaboration between New Harvest and the Institute for Development of Advanced Applied Systems (IRNAS).
It builds on a prototype developed by New Harvest seed grantees Han Zhang, Kyle Manke, and Yi-Fan Chen at the University of British Columbia and New Harvest research fellow Jess Krieger at Kent State University.
The IRNAS team includes Boštjan Vihar and Luka Banovic. Jernej Vaja, at the University of Maribor, acts as a biological consultant.