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NIMBioS Investigative Workshop

Computational Modeling to Advance Cultivated Meat

Cultured meat image.

Topic: Computational modeling to advance cultivated meat

Meeting dates: Nov 9-10, 2020

Location: NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Chris Clark, Biocellion SPC
Jaro Camphuijsen, Netherlands eScience Center
Elliot Swartz, The Good Food Institute
Jiajia Chen, Univ. of Tennessee
Dario Kolenko, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Objectives. Cultivated meat is a technology for meat production directly from animal cell culture, resulting in potential benefits to human, animal, and planetary health. Four key areas of focus will enable lower costs and increased scales of production: cell line development, cell culture media, scaffolding biomaterials, and bioreactor and bioprocess engineering. Because of the high burden of time, money, resources, and unpredictability involved in running laboratory experiments, computational modeling can be used to optimize the many possible experimental parameters across the aforementioned areas of focus and accelerate the understanding of growth processes and product characteristics of cultivated meat. However, to date, no such models exist.

This workshop will bring together scientists working on cultivated meat, experts in the interdisciplinary fields that play a role in cultivated meat production, and computational modelers. The goal of the workshop is to increase understanding of the areas best-assisted by computational models and to prioritize those areas in light of the need to accelerate the industry's progress toward commercialization. Meeting objectives include the following:

  1. To grow the relationship between the Cultivated Meat Modeling Consortium (CMMC) and interested academic and industry researchers in food, computational, and life sciences
  2. To review the current state of cultivated meat science and identify computational methods suitable for accelerating the industry toward commercialization
  3. To form and prioritize research plans that will fit future competitive funding announcements related to modeling of cell behavior in complex bioreactor environments, biopolymer scaffolding, inputs and outputs, and end product characteristics
  4. To increase awareness of existing funding opportunities in cultivated meat research and development
  5. To foster collaborations and identify individuals and working groups willing to contribute time and expertise to develop appropriate modeling tools
  6. To consider alternative governance models for the Cultivated Meat Modeling Consortium that foster appropriate interdisciplinary collaborations


  1. Introductory webinar to align interdisciplinary scientists on the key vocabulary and talking points. The CMMC Inaugural Meeting White Paper is recommended reading prior to the event.
  2. Short talks on the current state of cultivated meat scientific, industrial, and funding landscapes
  3. Breakout sessions to identify key questions and topics of focus for modeling and report to the whole group
  4. Additional in-depth breakout sessions to prioritize research plans by topic
  5. Networking sessions to improve collaboration amongst participants

Support and Partners. The Cultivated Meat Modeling Consortium, Merck KGaA, The Good Food Institute, Biocellion SPC

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Application deadline: Sep 1, 2020

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Participation in the workshop is by application only. Individuals with a strong interest in the topic are encouraged to apply, and successful applicants will be notified within three weeks of the application deadline. NIMBioS will provide breakfast and lunch each day of the workshop as well as lodging for all participants. If needed, limited financial support for travel is available.

Stay tuned for information on potential live streaming of some of the presentations for this event.

NIMBioS Investigative Workshops focus on broad topics or a set of related topics, summarizing/synthesizing the state of the art and identifying future directions. Workshops have up to 35 participants. Organizers and key invited researchers make up half the participants; the remaining participants are filled through open application from the scientific community. Open applicants selected to attend are notified by NIMBioS within three weeks of the application deadline. Individuals with a strong interest in the topic, including post-docs and graduate students, are encouraged to apply.

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