In 1931, Winston Churchill predicted that one day “we shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium.
Ninety years later, that day has come. And it also arrived for the fish!
We are the first Brazilian cultured fish meat startup (foodtech). Genuine fish meat, produced in the laboratory, without animal slaughter.
We decided to revolutionize the traditional seafood consumption model, made possible by wild fishing for centuries, and propose the Cellular Aquaculture as a scalable innovative solution, an ecologically correct alternative for healthier, safer and more sustainable consumption.
It is the investment with PURPOSE, with great environmental impact by saving nature and its marine resources.
Around 90% of commercial wild fish is already at full exploitation capacity, but seafood demand will continue to grow by 30% a year over the next decade. Thus, with the addition of commercial wild fishing, and the consequent fisheries resources depletion, with global warming and ocean acidification, we will have an unsustainable global scenario within a few years!
Contamination by pollutants - Widely consumed carnivorous species, such as tuna, snowy grouper, snook and dusky grouper, currently contain high level toxic concentrations of heavy metals, such as mercury*, persistent organic contaminants, long-lasting toxic chemicals such as insecticides, and micro plastic.
* About 80 to 90% of the mercury accumulated in the human organism can be associated by the wild fish consumption. These harmful substances accumulate in the human body and can, in the medium/long term, cause irreversible gastrointestinal, teratogenic and/or neurological chronic diseases.
Fraud - About 30% of all fish caught are misidentified in the world's markets and fishmongers. An investigation in the United States from 2010 to 2015 found that 1/3 of all wild fish tested in the country was misidentified.
It is the bioproduction of fish by cell culture, which takes place from a high quality cell stock. It is fish meat grown in the laboratory, far from the oceans or breeding ponds, without the need for seawater and its pollutants (human health) and don`t need for the animal, its capture, confinement, slaughter and death (well-being animal).
Instead of fishing or harvesting live fish, the same proteins from fresh fish are produced by growing marine fish cells in technological facilities located in the urban environment.
It is not "lab food", imitation meat or plant-based meat. It's genuine fresh fish meat.
From the biopsy of the selected fish, adult stem cells are obtained and cultured in the laboratory in order to serve as sources of cell lines for cultured fish meat.
After obtain the cell lines, best nutrients media and culture conditions are defined for the optimal growth of cells of cultured fish meat.
In bioreactors, cells are fed with optimized growth media and scale up to produce the protein biomass of cultured fish meat.
Protein biomass will maturate into three-dimensional growth surfaces (scaffolding) that add up shape and texture to the cultured fish meat.
Now we have genuine fresh fish meat prepared to consume, with the same texture, flavor and nutritional quality as original fish meat.
Free from persistent contaminants, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides and insecticides.
Free of bones and parasites.
Certainty of what you are buying or consuming.
Fish consumption without fishing and depletion of fish stocks.
Local production does not demand consumption of natural resources for freezing and transport.
Solves the demand problem for high-value predator species that are not viable for traditional aquaculture.
It solves the carcass balancing problem faced by fishing and traditional aquaculture, which is the need to monetize parts of the animal carcass that are undervalued by-products.
It solves the inedible waste problem faced by traditional fishing and aquaculture, which is the disposal of parts that go to the trash, such as scales, skin, eyes, viscera and vertebrae.
Perfectly serves the conscious consumer – Balance between personal satisfaction and sustainability (consumption choice).
Perfectly serves the vegan consumer – There is no fishing, breeding, confinement, suffering or slaughter and death of the animal.
Most fish consumers prefer and highly value genuine and fresh meat. These consumers often pay a higher price for fresh seafood that hasn't been frozen. The solution then is to grow fresh fish meat for local consumption, at scale, without transport or freezing costs.
A “BIO FISH SHOP” producing fresh and affordable fish meat in every city in the country, even in cities far from the coast.
Success in the cultivation and scaling up cell lines from FOUR commercial high-value marine fish species:
Success in the 1st bioproduction of fish meat grown in Brazil.
The new Sustineri Piscis laboratory, inaugurated in January 2023 at the Inmetro Technological Campus, in Xerém (RJ), is very well equipped to produce the 1st breaded snook meat using cell culture in Brazil in the first half of 2023. Watch the video and get to know our foodtech.
Executive Director and Management