On July 20, IntegriCulture announced the start of joint research into shrimp cell culture meat in collaboration with Shiok Meats of Singapore.

IntegriCulture engages in research and development of active ingredients, cosmetics, foods, and cell cultured meat, using the CulNet System general-purpose, large-scale cell culture system. To date, food grade cell culture media and the CulNet System have been shown to be effective with bovine and poultry cells. In the joint research, IntegriCulture will extend the technologies to crustacean cells, with the long-term aim of producing shrimp cell culture meat on a large scale at low cost.

The cell culture media, the raw material for cell culture meat, consists of proteins, sugars, fats, vitamins, minerals, and serum components. Reducing the cost of the latter component in particular is the key to practical realization of cell culture meat. In its shrimp cell culture meat research, IntegriCulture has developed a technology for mass culture without the addition of serum components, based on CulNet System technology.

Established by stem cell researchers Dr. Sandhya Sriram and Dr. Ka Yi Ling, Shiok Meats is the first cell-based agriculture company in Singapore and Southeast Asia. The company says that it aims to commercialize cultured shrimp meat produced through culture technology around 2022.