Cultivated meat. It’s science (but not rocket science).
Rather than raising whole chickens, pigs, or cows, we grow only the meat we want to eat—directly from real animal cells. At scale, it will be a more humane and future-friendly way to grow high-quality food for meat lovers everywhere.
Start at the source
The process begins by taking a small amount of cells from an animal. We created our first product, chicken, from a fertilized heritage-breed chicken egg.
Select the Best
Our team selects the best cells — based on their ability to consistently and efficiently produce safe, high-quality meat — to develop a cell line.
Grow As We Go
We kick off the cultivation process by placing cells from a selected cell line into a cultivator and feeding them with a blend of nutrients, which includes water, sugars, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and salt. As these small batches of cells, called seed trains, multiply, we increase the size (and/or number) of the cultivators to give them more space to grow.
Harvest, Formulate & Enjoy!
After two to three weeks our meat is ready for harvest. We remove it from the cultivator(s) and separate it from the cell feed. We then take this harvested meat and (in the case of our first product) mold it into the shape of a chicken filet. Other products may be seasoned, breaded, or otherwise formulated before they are refrigerated or frozen and packaged for distribution...Next, our products are either refrigerated or frozen and packaged for distribution. Now all that’s left is to cook, eat, and enjoy!
EPIC. It’s how (and where) it’s made.
EPIC stands for Engineering, Production, and Innovation Center. It’s our cultivation facility where we’re perfecting the science, engineering—and taste!—of cultivated meat and showing the world how it’s done. Located in the middle of a California neighborhood, EPIC was built to produce up to 50,000 lbs. of cultivated meat across our portfolio of products every year, with a projected expansion capacity of up to 400,000 lbs. once fully operational. The good news? It won’t be our only facility for long. We’re already at work on a larger space that will produce more than ten million pounds.Join the waitlist for a live tour
Food Formulation Room
Food Formulation Room
Tech & Development
Tech & Development
Speak like a scientist.
After we establish the cell line, we generate a large master cell bank. We keep the bank in a deep freeze that stores small vials of cell lines for years (if not decades), enabling the production of a whole bunch of chicken. A robust cell bank helps us avoid taking additional samples from animals in the future.
Also known as media, it is the food for the cells—a liquid diet that includes water, sugar, amino acids (protein), vitamins, minerals, and salts. Having the right mix of nutrients in our cell feed allows our cells to grow and thrive.
An established and characterized cell derived from an animal that can grow in our cultivators to produce significant quantities of meat. Each unique cell line is stored in a cell bank to support use in meat production.
The cells we take from an animal to make meat. The cells can be from muscle, fat, skin, or other parts we eat.
Cell cultivation vessels designed and operated to produce meat. They provide an environment and access to nutrients which support the growth of the cells.
A standard library of identical cryogenically frozen cell lines stored in vials.
Cells that are taken directly from living tissue and used in culture directly.
A seed train is the term we use to describe the expansion of our cells prior to the actual meat-making step. In this stage, we safely and efficiently go from a few million cells to over a trillion cells in a few weeks based on cell growth rate. Seed trains are the method that we use to build cell volume to feed into the cultivator.
The Firsts of Many
Since 2014, we’ve been the first to turn our scientific discoveries into safe and scalable methods for cultivated meat production. And we’ve got the patents to prove it—19 so far and counting! Here are a few of our favorites.
001/01 EP protects a method for myogenic differentiation of cells
004/01 US protects a GE method for increasing cell density
007/02 US CON protects a method for growing cells on a patterned texture substrate
014/01 US protects a device for growing a meat product
021/01 US protects a method for growing cells on a filter aid
People with Perspective
Our scientists are industry experts with resumes to match. You might bump into some of them when you tour EPIC, our cultivation facility in California.
Head of Discovery
Senior Director of Process Development and Analytics
Director of Upstream Development
Meat with Strict Safety Standards
At UPSIDE, we take our manufacturing process seriously. To ensure the safety of our processes and products, we have implemented various practices and programs that comply with FDA and USDA guidelines. These are the same kinds of food safety programs that conventional FDA and USDA-regulated food manufacturing and meat processing facilities employ, including:Learn More
The source for our current product was a fertilized chicken egg—but living animals, eggs, fishing, and recently slaughtered animals who were already a part of the food system are also potential sources.
Our cultivators are monitored to ensure we know what’s happening at all times. We can monitor the cells’ growth by watching the way they use oxygen, how much carbon dioxide they are expelling, how fast they use sugar (which tells us a lot about how fast they are growing), and other parameters that add up to a detailed picture of the entire population of cells as they grow and mature.
Initially, you’ll be able to taste UPSIDE through our chef and restaurant partners in the US. As we’re able to produce more delicious meat with upsides for us all, we’ll continue to find restaurant and retail partners to make sure there’s UPSIDE wherever you are! Please Follow our social channels for news about our partnerships, and if you have an idea on a restaurant where you’d love to see UPSIDE go next, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.