Esco AsterMavors is a Cellular agriculture, alternative proteins bioprocessing, bio fermentation platform technology for Food 2.0
AsterMavors aims to produce proteins which are mass market consumer friendly being stable and tasty across ages and culture groups, these are expressed in highest yield affordable cost linearly scalable quality. No antibiotics in chemically defined affordable cost food grade media with full traceability and no contaminations. Lower cost to grow with fast population doubling, lower energy consumption, linearly scalable purification but to the limit for food grade for consumption (not as drug). Ensuring it’s regulatory generally regarded as safe (GRAS) despite it being a novel food. Consumer approved in which it is non-genetically modified organism, labelling, language if it is natural or vegan. Sustainable in waste management in possibly upcycling giving it to feedstock, carbon-footprint, and no animal testing.
Esco Aster Tide Motion Bioreactors can be chained to operate in conjunction with other bioprocessing platforms such as artificial kidney dialyzers to recycle media, artificial livers, and as well as feeder cell culture which provide an ultra-low cost of growth factors to further reduce the COGS of food ingredient.
Growing plants on Mars is a big hurdle such that our conventional plant agriculture techniques would not be all suitable in the planet. Martian soil is not fertile since it does not contain any organic matter. The average temperature is -64°C and atmospheric composition is mainly CO2. Hence, crops that are more resilient and can survive these conditions are being studied for possible agriculture on Mars. More resilient and less resource demanding system is cellular agriculture which could also provide more calories for future Martian inhabitants and visitors.
We are working on a multiplanetary food self-sufficiency in conjunction with our vaccine self-sufficiency necessary for establishing human colonies in other planets as companies such as SpaceX are working on sustainable inter-planetary travel to enable humans to be a multiplanetary species.
Various microbial proteins such as hydrogenotrophs that thrive on CO2 first studied by NASA in 1960s can potentially produce 9 essential human amino acids which allow a closed loop carbon cycle to culture alternative proteins during 6 month interplanetary travel as well as in atmospheres such as mars which are 95% CO2 within the atmosphere.
Shifting to alternative food requires the acceptance of consumers to be able to sustain production costs. Novel food technologies run the risk of neophobia and/or technophobia for unaware consumers.
An educational campaign and community engagement are likely to help in increasing awareness of these food technologies to gain traction towards further development and cost reduction.
Affordable animal health vaccines to eliminate the need for antibiotics and reduce the amount of antibiotics used by developing country farmers.
Use of antibiotics in livestock farming is problematic as it could generate antibiotic-resistant microorganisms which can be directly transmitted to animal handlers or contaminate the environment including soil and water which can eventually infect neighboring animals and humans.
Pet animals are also part of meat consumers, which is part of the percentage of meat sold in each country. Hence, cellular agriculture provides sustainable options including plant-based proteins for animal foods.
Agricultural products are most often processed to remove trimmings, peels, and bran to sell a final product. These often generate high amounts of food waste and byproducts which may end up in landfills and create further GHG emissions from the decomposition process. To prevent these, some wastes are also burned which not only releases more GHGs but also means additional costs for waste handling. These byproducts and wastes still contain nutritional components including fibers, proteins, lipids, etc. which can be tapped for upcycling.
Soymilk and tofu production generates byproducts including okara and soy whey. Tons of these byproducts are generated which some companies dispose of and are wasted. Transforming these byproducts into new economically and environmentally-valuable products, or upcycling, can be achieved through fermentation technology. NUS researchers have developed Bio-okara which fermented okara with the yeast Yarrowia lipolytical to obtain more fibre-containing but similar to soybean tempeh. Other NUS researchers also transformed soy whey into an alcoholic beverage, coined Sachi, using a patented fermentation technology
Despite its smell and tang, durian fruit is popular among Southeast Asians but the bulk of the fruit is usually discarded including its husk. The husk contains cellulose, which was extracted by NTU scientists and combined with glycerol, and natural yeast phenolics (antimicrobial activity) create an antibacterial bandage.
Also in Singapore, the black soldier flies of the first insect farm of black soldier are fed daily with the country’s food waste. These are then extracted for biomaterials such as chitosan, organic semiconductors, and animal feed. Black soldier flies are also fed food waste to then produce aquaculture or pet feed. The solid waste from black solider flies remnants are then used for composting as nutrient rich biofertilizers.
Various countries around the world are also using precision fermentation to digest plastic waste.
Barley and malt production generates barley grains as by-product, which have been used in upcycling to starchless W0W™ noodles. These noodles can then be enjoyed not only by noodle enthusiasts but also diabetics.
Aster stands for microtubule kinetochores which aid in cell division during mitosis which our platform aids in cellular agriculture cell division.
Aster also stands for Star and Mavors is the poetic name for Mars. Hence "Star Mars" which if SpaceX is sending humans into mars they are going to need a means to produce food since it’s a 6 month journey from Earth to Mars.
Hence, we envision enabling food /alternative protein self-sufficiency on Mars just as have worked in since 1 decade ago, we have been working on vaccine/biosimilar self-sufficiency.
Mars is also related to March which in turn is named after Martius and March 2021 is the month first overall concept was drawn of AsterMavors.
Coincidentally March is also when Tesla/CureVac unveiled their mRNA printer to print vaccines enabling vaccine self-sufficiency.