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THERE’S A NEW ANIMAL-FREE GELATIN BUSINESS IN TOWN: BIOTECH STARTUP JELLATECH LAUNCHES AS THE WORLD’S 1ST CELL CULTURE-BASED COLLAGEN AND GELATIN INGREDIENT COMPANY

November 4, 2020

Jellatech today announces the launch of their cell culture-based collagen and gelatin ingredient company. Supported by Big Idea Ventures and Sustainable Food Ventures, Jellatech is producing higher quality, purer and safer collagen and gelatin with applications in various industries such as food & beverage, skincare & cosmetics and medical & pharmaceutical. 


“Instead of isolating and purifying collagen and gelatin from animals we grow it – using cells in a bioreactor. We don’t require acres of land, live anima†ls, shipping, slaughtering and various complicated processes to produce collagen – with our proprietary method we design, grow and purify collagen and gelatin, all in the same place. This way we can ensure high quality, purity, and safe, sustainable downstream processes” Stephanie Michelsen, Co-Founder & CEO. 


“Our goal is to produce slaughter-free and sustainable collagen and gelatin using cell culture, helping society stop depending on animals for food and cosmetics products. Because we have complete control over all stages of the process, the collagen we produce will also be safer, purer, and of higher quality than that extracted from animal carcasses” Kylie van Deinsen-Hesp, Co-Founder & Head of Science.


The collagen and gelatin industry is an industry that is based on the boiling of animal skin & bones and bits & pieces. Despite being on the back of animal carcasses and meat-industry byproducts, it’s a 3.5 billion dollar market with a 9% compound annual growth rate. 


“We’re excited to be investing and backing two incredible scientist entrepreneurs on a mission to end the use of animals for collagen and gelatin in the cosmetics and food industries, using cell-based alternatives to animal products is a game changer for our planet and for the animals” Ryan Bethencourt, Partner, Sustainable Food Ventures


“A big idea from a great team who will grow the best quality gelatin and collagen products from cells. Jellatech’s approach eradicates the traditional complex steps to purify, concentrate, and dry gelatin from fish skins, bovine bone, and porcine skins. Jellatech’s ambition is to deliver better quality gelatin and collagen in a simpler, more sustainable way.” Andrew D. Ive, Managing General Partner, Big Idea Ventures.


Jellatech is a B2B biotech business based in Raleigh, NC and with R&D in Wageningen, Netherlands. Jellatech is producing high quality, pure, animal-free collagen and gelatin. Founded by a group of innovators, dreamers, entrepreneurs and scientists, Jellatech is eliminating the dependency on animals, to make better ingredient products - starting with collagen and gelatin.

Photo by: Camilo Muños Segovia for Jellatech 

 

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