Cellular Agriculture

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Cell Ag Ltd was founded in early 2016 as the first UK startup in the cultured protein space. In 2018, InnovateUK funding supported the development of a proof of concept bioreactor system, a version of which was displayed at Nemo Science Museum, Amsterdam through the summer of 2019 as the first automated cultured meat system to be demonstrated publicly in the World. We support an emerging alternative protein industry to reach industrial scale cultured meat, seafood and milk production through efficient, scaled commercial bioprocess technology platform that delivers price parity with traditional animal protein whilst also mitigating its effect on climate. Our core technology sits at a footprint 300x smaller than incumbent bioprocess and at a 70% reduction in operational cost. Our ambition is to cement ourselves as the global technology solutions lead for the cultured meat industry. We additionally play an active role in the current ecosystem; we work in advisory capacity to Government, investors and think tanks, work collaboratively with pioneer companies and offer both consultancy and contract research services for those looking to enter the cultured protein industry.

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About Us

Illtud Llyr Dunsford

Illtud Llyr Dunsford

CEO & Co-Founder

Illtud’s family can trace their agricultural history for over 300 years. He established Charcutier Ltd, a speciality meat processing business in 2011 as a farm diversification project. It won the title of Best Food Producer in the UK from the BBC Food and Farming Awards in 2016. His Nuffield Farming Scholarship led him to cultured meat via the First Symposium for Cultured Meat at Maastricht University where he met co-founder Marianne. His consultancy work spans animal health, welfare and genetics along with food production and food policy.

Prof Marianne Ellis

Prof Marianne Ellis

Director of Research & Development & Co-Founder

Marianne is Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath. She is a Chartered Engineer with experience in bioprocessing for tissue engineering. She previously commercialised technology in cell therapies from academia to Cellesce Ltd and seeks to emulate those successes with Cellular Agriculture Ltd. Her aspirations lie in building systems to economically scale tissue engineering for food production.


Cultured meat; a threat or an opportunity for UK farmers?
May 2022
European Space Agency
On the road to cultured meat for astronauts and Earthlings
April 2022
Ydy Ffermwy Cig Cymru Dan Fygythiad? | Are Wales' Meat Farmers Under Threat?
December 2021
Plant Based News
Farmers Have a Role in The Cell Based Meat Industry. Here's Why.
August 2021
The GROW Impact Accelerator's food ingredeint futursts.
August 2021
The National
Is Meat's Future in the lab?
May 2021
EIT Food
Food accelerator nework company case study.
April 2021
Food Tech 500
Cellular Agriculture recognised in the Forward Fooding lisitng of the leading food tech companies for 2020.
March 2021
Buhler Virtual World
Startup collaborations focused on the challenge of sustainably feeding 10b people by 2050.
May 2020
Change Incorporated / VICE
This Company wants to change Fast Food Forever
March 2020
Wellcome Open Research
Cellular Agriculture in the UK: a review.
March 2020
The Guardian
Hold the beef: how plant-based meat went mainstream.
February 2020
Merck Accelerator Program
Lift off! The 8th cohort of the Merck Accelerator Program.
January 2020
The Conversation
Apocalypse Cow: documentary’s vision for the future of food could leave farming in the past.
January 2019
Channel 4
Apocalypse Cow: How Meat Killed the Planet
January 2020
Global University Venturing
Feeding the World: the story of Cellular Agriculture.
December 2019
World Economic Forum
Scientists are grown meat on blades of grass
April 2019
Future Food, Nemo Science Museum, Amsterdam
The first public display of an automated system for the cultured meat industry.
July 2019
BBC News, Science and Environment
Artificial meat; UK scientists grown ‘bacon’ in labs
March 2019
Farming Today, BBC Radio 4
Cell-Cultured Meat, Intensive Dairy Production, Mink Eradication
July 2018
Bringing Cultured Meat to Market
Academic Paper
August 2018
Reasons to be Cheerful
Ep 34: What should we do about meat?
May 2018
Hay Festival — Leap
Discussing cultured meat and the future of food
May 2018
Hay Festival
Culture Grown Lab Meat
May 2018
Medium / New Harvest
What Does This Artisanal Meat Producer Think About Cultured Meat
August 2018
Narrative Matters
#63 The time is now for lab-grown meat
August 2018
New Harvest Conference, New York 2017
The Elements of Cultured Meat — Bioreactors 101 with Dr Marianne Ellis
October 2017
The Food Programme, BBC Radio 4
Commercial viability of meat grown from animal cells.
October 2015


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