BioCraft Pet Nutrition has introduced a novel Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning tool on October 10th, designed to expedite the research and development of its lab-grown pet food products. The tool’s objective is to optimize the proliferation of cells and the production of nutrients in BioCraft’s cultivated meat.
This exclusive tool gathers and processes data from publicly accessible scientific sources and databases. The information is then synthesized and scrutinized to pinpoint critical biological processes crucial for the advancement of lab-grown meat. This encompasses potential nutrient inputs, methods to enhance cell growth, and nutrient biosynthesis, among others.
Shannon Falconer, the founder and CEO of BioCraft, affirmed, “The main costs and time sinks on the way to commercialization are R&D-related, and our AI has substantially streamlined this process, accelerated our progress and reduced costs. In this application, AI can surpass the human brain for speed and efficiency, and helps us derive more complex conclusions by making more connections between more facts.”
BioCraft maintains that its AI system is akin to platforms utilized in the pharmaceutical sector to uncover new drug targets and foresee metabolic impacts. Through the implementation of AI, BioCraft can conduct fewer, yet more precise experiments to refine its cell proliferation techniques and enhance the nutritional profile of its cultivated meat. Additionally, the AI tool enables the company to pinpoint more cost-effective inputs and ingredients, as well as those less likely to pose concerns in regulatory approval.
According to BioCraft, its current line of cultivated meat products offers all essential nutrients required by cats and dogs, encompassing protein, vitamins, fats, and amino acids, without resorting to chemical additives, antibiotics, steroids, or hormones. Furthermore, BioCraft asserts that its cultivated meat is notably less prone to carry pathogens such as Salmonella, E. coli, and other common fecal-borne bacteria.
As consumer demand for sustainable alternatives to conventional meat sources rises, even in the realm of pet food, BioCraft is collaborating directly with pet food manufacturers to facilitate their transition from traditional meat ingredients to those offering sustainability advantages, as well as benefits in terms of food safety and supply chain management. BioCraft’s cultivated meat serves as a one-to-one substitute for traditional meat slurry and can be incorporated into wet or dry foods, treats, and fresh formulations.