Lab-grown chicken a world first biotech & biosciences, food & drink, start-upsPicture courtesy of Memphis Meats |15 March 2017| USA Memphis Meats announced today it has produced the world’s first clean poultry – made using animal cells – including both chicken and duck. It is a landmark moment for the clean meat industry. While companies, including Memphis Meats, have produced clean beef, this is a first for poultry. “It is thrilling to introduce the first chicken and duck that didn’t require raising animals. This is a historic moment for the clean meat movement,” explains Uma Valeti, M.D., co-founder and CEO of Memphis Meats. “Chicken and duck are at the center of the table in so many cultures around the world, but the way conventional poultry is raised creates huge problems for the environment, animal welfare, and human health. It is also inefficient. We aim to produce meat in a better way, so that it is delicious, affordable and sustainable. We really believe this is a significant technological leap for humanity, and an incredible business opportunity—to transform a giant global industry while contributing to solving some of the most urgent sustainability issues of our time.” Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Memphis Meats achieved the poultry breakthrough thanks to its unique technological platform that the company is building to produce new clean meat products and accelerate clean meat innovation. The multi-animal platform will allow the company to produce many types of meat and to fine-tune the taste, texture and nutrition profile of its products. The platform will also enable the company to scale up production and rapidly reduce costs. The team expects to continue reducing production costs dramatically, with a target launch of its products to consumers in 2021.