By Michael Thomsen For Dailymail.com
Published: 21:59 BST, 22 May 2020 | Updated: 21:59 BST, 22 May 2020
A San Diego startup has secured $20million in Series A backing to expand its lab-grown seafood business as an ethical and sustainable alternative to commercial fishing.
The funding will help BlueNalu build a production facility and begin a new pilot program that will bring its product one step closer to market.
Unlike other recent meat replacements, like the plant-based Impossible Burger, BlueNalu's seafood products are grown from muscle tissue cells taken from real fish.
BlueNalu is a startup in San Diego that produces seafood in a laboratory, using real muscle tissue cells taken from anesthetized fish in a stem cell mixture to create lab-grown seafood
BlueNalu's chief technical officer Chris Dammann described the company's manufacturing process as 'an extraordinary technical feat.'
'When we started this company, there was very little available science on the long-term propagation of fish muscle cells and no reliable culture protocol,' Dammann told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
'To create a whole-muscle product from fish cells that are grown without genetic modification required