Newsletter #1 (February 2019)

Welcome to the first Cellular Agriculture UK newsletter! This monthly email will summarise what has been going on in the field in the UK, what we’ve been up to, which events are on the horizon, and any opportunities in the field.

Our launch event is only 2 weeks away (Tuesday 26th February), and we hope to see you all there! For more information, click here, and read below.

What’s been happening

The 4th International Scientific Conference on Cultured Meat took place in October in Maastricht, and our Co-Founder Rachael attended; here’s what she had to say about it:

“Professor Mark Post, creator of the world’s first cultured burger, put together a fantastic programme for the 4th International Scientific Conference on Cultured Meat, featuring experts from a wide range of fields – adipose tissue engineering, serum-free cell culture, bioreactor design, tissue formation, biomaterials, cell selection, life cycle assessment, social science and the emerging regulatory landscape.

A particular highlight was Hanna Tuomisto’s presentation on uncertainties in calculations of the environmental impacts of cultured meat production, which sparked an interesting dialogue about different ways of presenting the data for publication. The speakers offered something for everyone, from students looking to apply their skills to this new venture, to seasoned academics, entrepreneurs, industry professionals, investors and even politicians!

The well-catered networking sessions provided valuable opportunities to meet delegates from across Europe, Asia and North America, and to view the excellent posters on display. Overall, it was a thoroughly enjoyable and immensely informative event. The next conference will take place on 6-8th October 2019 in Maastricht, The Netherlands – we hope to see you there!”

Co-Founder Seren gave a talk and Q&A session at Imperial College London on the exciting potential of clean meat. This marked our first public outreach talk about clean meat, with another planned in Cambridge later this month, and more to follow in the future!

What’s coming up

Our launch event is happening this month!

The evening will feature international speakers, an introduction to Cellular Agriculture UK, and a chance to connect with other attendees. Tickets are free, and the event will be held in Shoreditch. Speakers include Iltud Dunsford, CEO and Co-founder, Cellular Agriculture Ltd, Chris Bryant, Social Science Division Director, Cellular Agriculture Society, and members of Cellular Agriculture UK.

And looking past our launch event, on Wednesday the 13th of March we will be having our first Clean Meat and Greet at The Blacksmith & the Toffeemaker, a vegan pub in Islington. This will be a more relaxed and public event where people working in or interested in cell ag can socialise over a beer and some vegan burgers (the menu can be found here - wow!). We plan on arranging these casual meetings every 2 months.

Check out our events page for a handy calendar containing dates for upcoming events in the cell ag space!

What we’ve been working on

We all met for the first time to discuss setting up Cellular Agriculture UK in September of last year, and we’ve been very busy since then!

Since September, we’ve been working hard on: making our website, securing funding for events, networking with a variety of people and organisations in the field, hunting for the perfect venue for our launch event, acquiring even more perfect speakers for the event, procrastinating writing the newsletter by learning to code, setting up a Facebook page, and building up the resources section of our website.

Opportunities

Have a cellular agriculture company idea? Sign up for the EU funded SETsquared Entrepreneur Programme for Tech Start-ups! The 2-day programme is being held on 28th February & 1st March in Guildford, Surrey, with free places allocated based on the strength of the business case put forward in the application.

This programme, designed by SETsquared, is fully-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (no cost to the Entrepreneur). The 2-day workshop helps the Entrepreneur to develop an Executive Summary, a Pitch Deck, a Business Model and a basic Financial Plan.

For more information, click here.

Signing out

Thanks for reading! We look forward to seeing you at our launch event.

If you have any feedback, questions or things you’d like to be included in future newsletters, please don’t hesitate to get in touch; you can send in an email via the “Contact Us” page of our website, or message me directly on LinkedIn.

Have a great February!

Alexander Large, Co-Founder, Cellular Agriculture UK