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Valves for the production of cultivated meat

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Author: Michael Heeg

Date: 01. Feb. 2024

Cultivated meat, also known as lab-grown meat, is produced in the laboratory from animal cells.
Source: GEMÜ
Valves for the production of cultivated meat

Cultivated meat, also known as lab-grown meat, is a form of meat-based product that is not derived directly from live animals. Instead, it is produced in the laboratory from animal cells that are cultivated under controlled conditions.

For this future market, a German supplier of valves now offers complete valves as well as measuring and control systems.

Bioreactors as the centrepiece

As with other large-scale cell culture applications, such as antibody therapeutics, one or more bioreactors are used. They are the heart of the production system. Auxiliary processes such as water treatment, filtration, heating and cooling systems are also required.

As a supplier of valves and control systems for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and foodstuff industries, GEMÜ can support these processes with the appropriate components.

GEMÜ wants to accompany the market for cultivated meat

The company offers suitable solutions for the production of cultivated meat for both aseptic and non-aseptic areas. Diaphragm valves and diaphragm globe valves are mainly used for demanding, aseptic process steps such as inoculating the bioreactor or transferring the cells between the bioreactors. Drainage-optimized tank bottom valves that are based on the diaphragm valve principle guarantee aseptic cell harvesting with minimal product loss.

For the cultivated meat sector, customized and individually tailored single-use solutions guarantee the necessary process reliability and flexibility. Auxiliary processes are classed as non-aseptic applications and also play an important role at GEMÜ. Thanks to the extensive product range, globe valves, butterfly valves or ball valves can be used for this purpose.

“In combination with expandable automation components, our valves are technically very well positioned to support and drive forward the new cultivated meat market, from the laboratory phase through to commercial production”, says Tibor Tot, Business Development Manager in the Business Unit Pharma, Food & Biotech.

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