Designing Better Growth Factors
Novel growth factor varieties to make media affordable
University of Colorado Boulder, United States
Who: Mia Keyser, Ph.D. student in biological engineering
When: 2021 – Present
Institutes: University of Colorado Boulder, United States
Supervisors: Timothy Whitehead, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder
Mia is designing synthetic growth factors to be more potent, easier to produce, and longer-lasting in media. Mia’s growth factors could be way more efficient than what is currently available, dramatically lowering the cost of producing cultured meat.
Growth factors account for over 90 percent of cell culture media costs. By making them more effective, smaller quantities will be needed – and Mia’s research into making production cheaper will dually decrease the cost!