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SCET-born startup Terramino Foods receives $4.25 million in seed funding

By Revati Thatte | July 24, 2018

Terramino Foods (now primeroots), a startup with roots in the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, announced Tuesday that it had received $4.25 million in seed funding, which will be used to expand the team and continue with product development. Co-founders Kimberlie Le and Joshua Nixon were members of the sixth class at biotech startup…

UC Berkeley students use CRISPR to edit the flavor of this common food

By Jessica Lynn | May 9, 2018

Don’t like the aftertaste of a certain type of food? A group of students at UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology might be able to help you edit it out using CRISPR technology. As a part of SCET’s Alternative Meats Lab, Paramjyot Panesar, Juliet Hemmati and Fardeen Nekmard have been working this semester…

Why do we need alternatives to meat?: an interview with Alison Berke

By Jessica Lynn | May 7, 2018

Demand for meat around the world is higher than it’s ever been –– and we’re running out of the resources needed to provide it. It’s well-known that the meat industry uses up exorbitant amounts of land and water, making it a large contributor to climate change. If people in the United States, a global leader…

UC Berkeley alumni use fungi to make realistic salmon alternative

By Jessica Lynn | May 7, 2018

You’ve probably tried a veggie burger or maybe even soy chicken strips –– but have you ever seen salmon that isn’t animal-based? Joshua Nixon and Kimberlie Le, the co-founders of Terramino Foods (now primeroots), first conceived of the idea to use fungi to create a meat replacement for salmon in the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship…

Get ready for Collider Cup II!

By Meghana Krishnakumar | April 25, 2018

What do 12 top teams + 1 grand prize equal? You guessed it, Collider Cup is back and better than ever. Watch the best student teams from SCET classes pitch to a panel of professors, investors and industry leaders and see who gets to take home the big win! If you are interested in taking…

The true cost of meat: an interview with Jason Ryder

By Anika Ramachandran | March 16, 2018

Alt.Meat & Greet Podcast Episode 3: The true cost of meat, an interview with Jason Ryder Hosted by Jessica Lynn and Gurshaan Madan In this episode of the Sutardja Center of Entrepreneurship & Technology’s podcast Alt.Meat & Greet, we speak with Jason Ryder, former vice president of research and development at Hampton Creek, a leading…

Alt.Meat & Greet podcast Episode 2: How do you mimic the flavor of meat?

By Jessica Lynn | February 15, 2018

In this episode of the Sutardja Center of Entrepreneurship & Technology’s podcast Alt.Meat & Greet, we speak with Jeff Spencer, a research fellow for Givaudan flavors. He speaks about how researchers are able to break down the composition of plants to find out which ones will best replicate the flavor and fragrance of meat.

Alt.Meat & Greet podcast Episode 1: How can scientists give plant-based products the same texture as meat?

By Anika Ramachandran | February 2, 2018

In the Sutardja Center of Entrepreneurship & Technology’s first episode of our new podcast, Alt.Meat & Greet, you’ll find out. In the podcast, we hear from our guest Dr. Atze Jan van der Goot from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, a leading researcher of plant-based meat. He explains how he uses Couette Cell technology to…

Cal Alums wow at IndieBio showcase

By Caitlin Andersen | February 2, 2018

On Monday, January 22nd, IndieBio held its consumer biotechnology showcase, during which four biotech startups pitched and demoed their respective products. One of those four companies was Terramino Foods (now primeroots), a startup focused on creating alternatives to seafood using fungi and algae. The founders of Terramino Foods, Kimberlie Le and Joshua Nixon, are both…

New board members join Alt.meat lab

By Anika Ramachandran | December 12, 2017

This week at the Alternative Meat Lab, students presented their latest plant-based meat projects and welcomed new board members who will be donating their expert advice to assist the lab with domain-specific knowledge in an industry that is just getting started. The Alternative Meat Lab board members include: Ryan Bethencourt, partner and co-founder of IndieBio,…