GOOD Meat - A farmed meat company owned by Eat Just, Inc., has signed a multi-year contract with ABEC Inc. for the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of the largest bioreactor for the cultivation of birds and mammals cells. GOOD Meat combines science and biotechnology to create healthier, more sustainable food, including farmed meat products for 3D printing. ABEC is one of the most innovative companies in the biotechnology industry with a long history of creating bioprocess applications,

Ten 250,000 liter bioreactors will be a key facility for the GOOD Meat plant, which will be located in the United States. When fully operational, the complex will be able to produce up to 30 million pounds of meat without having to slaughter a single animal.

The production process begins with obtaining cells from specially selected hens and cows. The cells are then painlessly harvested from an egg or a live animal. They are carefully researched and selected to obtain those that have the chance to produce the healthiest, tastiest and most sustainable meat. GOOD Meat extracts fat, muscle and other tissue cells that can be grown and used in the final product.

At this point, the cells are "immortalized," meaning they can continue dividing and producing meat indefinitely. The process takes place in a bioreactor or "cultivator" - an installation similar to a beer fermentation tank. The cultivator provides the energy and heat needed for cell growth. Inside the bioreactor, cells are immersed in "growth medium", nutrients similar to what an animal would feed on itself - amino acids, fats, and vitamins. There is no isolation, no antibiotics, no growth hormones, no GMOs.

3D printing is one of the most important stages of production. GOOD Meat collects the harvested cells and creates a meat end product that can be 3D printed using both molding and digital additive manufacturing. The product is subject to stringent safety and standards control. The cells are grown on a natural scaffold (which can also be 3D printed for more complex geometries), so by dividing they create the desired shape and texture. GOOD Meat uses 3D printing to build more familiar meat shapes from cultured meat cells.

The plant will initially produce poultry and beef, and with planned production capacity, it will be able to distribute the products to millions of customers across the United States. GOOD Meat plans to finalize the selection of the location within the next three months and, at the same time, continue cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration and the US Department of Agriculture on the regulatory path to market.

ABEC also designs and manufactures bioreactors for the GOOD Meat facility in Alameda, California, which is scheduled to go live in the fourth quarter of 2022, and for the Singapore facility, which is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2023. The installation in Singapore will help meet growing consumer demand for GOOD Meat products that can be purchased there from December 2020. GOOD Meat remains the only producer of farmed meat in the world to obtain legal approval.

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