Cellular Agriculture

Our Story

Cell Ag Ltd was founded in early 2016 as the first UK startup in the cell-based meat 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. An extensive research and development program looks to deliver scaled technology for multi species cell-based meat technology.

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 cell-based 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.

Dr Marianne Ellis

Dr 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.


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
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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