Financial boost from National Growth Fund

Maastricht University starts new research line on cellular agriculture

Thanks to a strong financial impulse from the National Growth Fund, Maastricht University, as one of the partners in a national consortium, is starting a new line of research in the field of cellular agriculture. This is technology where animal products such as meat and milk proteins can be produced directly from animal and microbial cells. The Maastricht line will be started by scientists from MERLN, a medical research institute conducting groundbreaking research into regenerative medicine.

Stimulus for education and research

The Maastricht scientists Lorenzo Moroni and Matthew Baker are hugely enthusiastic. “This financial boost is a great opportunity for our institute, which has built a reputation on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine technologies. Besides education and research in the field of sustainable ageing, we can now also use the latest techniques in the field of sustainable food production. We are therefore working closely with Wageningen University & Research and TU Delft on both precision fermentation and cultured meat.

Cellular Agriculture

All activities of the consortium aim to give the Dutch cellular agriculture (CA) ecosystem a major boost over the next eight years, among other things by developing fundamental and applied CA knowledge, making scale-up facilities available for CA companies and training sufficiently qualified CA staff. This will make the Netherlands more attractive as a business location for companies in the CA sector.

The Dutch government has announced that it is investing 60 million in such research from the National Growth Fund. Supplemented by 25 million in additional co-financing, it is the world's largest ever financial support by a national government for cellular agriculture.

Implementation of the plan will begin under the coordination of the Cellular Agriculture Netherlands Foundation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.

Read the full message (in Dutch) from the Cellular Agriculture Netherlands Foundation.

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