In a crowded field where Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods have already become familiar brands, Novameat made a splash last week with the announcement it has secured funding from foodtech investment firm New Crop Capital. The news broke at the Good Food Conference in San Francisco, an event focused on expanding the plant-based and cell-based meat alternatives market.
Investors rushing to join the fake meat business is not necessarily newsworthy, until you learn Novameat is developing equipment capable of 3D printing meatless “steaks.”
Novameat founder Giuseppe Scionti is a bioengineering researcher and entrepreneur who says the custom method of “printing” plant-based meat will be licensed out to manufacturers, giving them a way to create “the texture and taste of steak.”
Scionti also says the Novameat model is meant to cut production costs and make typically high-end meat items, like steak, more affordable.
“Our technology allows plant-based manufacturers to create different textures and use a variety of ingredients,” Scionti says.
Scionti was inspired to start Novameat through researching ways to mimic animal flesh texture using technology.
“While I was researching on regenerating animal tissues through bioprinting technologies for biomedical and veterinary applications, I discovered a way to bio-hack the structure of the native 3D matrix of a variety of plant-based proteins to achieve a meaty texture,” he said in a statement.
Novameat is a Barcelona-based startup that launched last year.