BioCraft's Cultivated Cat Food was nominated alongside Uncaged Innovations' Uncaged BioLeather and UPSIDE Foods' Cultivated Chicken.
According to VWS, Biocraft's dedication to producing clean, sustainable meat ingredients for pet food while addressing environmental concerns and animal ethics earned the company a spot as a finalist. The summit will be held May 9-10 in Hollywood.
Based in Delaware, U.S., BioCraft is the first biotech company to develop cultured meat for the pet food market. Last June, it announced it had derived and characterized a chicken cell line for both cat and dog food, adding another meat ingredient to its portfolio that already includes cultured mouse meat.
BioCraft said its cultivated meats offer all essential nutrients cats and dogs need, without chemical contaminants, antibiotics, steroids or other hormones, and are significantly less likely to carry pathogens such as Salmonella, E. coli and other common fecal-borne bacteria.
In October, the company unveiled its new artificial intelligence/machine learning tool that accelerates R&D to achieve optimal cell proliferation and nutrient production. The unique tool first collects and processes data from publicly available scientific literature and databases. It then synthesizes this data into a picture of the biochemical machinery inside a cell and analyzes it to identify potential nutrient inputs that can elicit or enhance cell growth, nutrient biosynthesis, or other biological processes that are key to cultivated meat production.