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.
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.
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.