The science of alternative proteins

Plant-based meat

Discover resources and research on the latest technological developments and key scientific questions.

Cultivated meat

Learn about the science of cultivated meat and the challenges that must be addressed for commercial production.

Fermentation

Explore the emerging role of microbial fermentation in building the next generation of alternative protein products.

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Research ideas

Discover ideas for new startups, commercial ventures and products, research projects, ecosystem support, and investment opportunities for plant-based, cultivated, and fermentation-enabled proteins.

Innovation priorities

Explore our databases of commercial whitespaces, research gaps, technological needs, and investment priorities at each stage of the alt protein value chain.

Startup manuals

Get our step-by-step guide to starting and growing an alternative protein company in either Singapore or Hong Kong.

Research funding database

GFI APAC’s research funding database provides curated grant opportunities for open-access alternative protein research.

Alternative protein research grants

Powered by donations from a small number of generous donors, our Research Grant Program funds open-access alternative protein research. Click here to learn about the projects we’re funding and find funding opportunities for your own research.

Research grantees

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High-pressure processing for plant proteins

Dr. Ciara McDonnell (pictured), Dr. Reginee Stockmann, and other scientists from CSIRO—Australia’s national science agency—kickstarted a new research project focused on optimising the flavour and function of plant-based proteins through high-pressure processing.

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Connective tissue from plant fibers

Dr. Xiaonan Sui from Northeast Agricultural University in China is recreating the connective tissue of meat with plant protein fibrils to make better whole-cut alternative proteins.

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Stacking plant protein sheets

Dr. Hanry Yu, senior principal investigator at the Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore, is exploring a novel and scalable process to recreate the texture of thick animal meats by stacking layers of plant protein sheets.

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GFIdeas APAC community

GFIdeas APAC is a community for entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, and government and corporate representatives who are driving alternative protein innovation in Asia Pacific.

Collaborative researcher directory

Use this directory to connect with researchers who are active in the alternative protein space and those looking to apply their expertise to this field. This directory also indicates what kinds of collaborative work researchers are interested in exploring with students, labs, and companies.

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Publications and analyses

These resources take a deep dive into the science accelerating plant-based, fermentation-enabled, and cultivated meat, eggs, and dairy and share valuable insights about the state of alternative protein technologies.

Technical databases and research tools

These tools and databases are designed to help alternative protein researchers in academia and industry save significant time by aggregating relevant information. Among the resources are:

PISCES and ATLAS

Our open-access databases of the characteristics and impacts of conventional seafood.

Cell line repository

Cells are the fundamental building blocks of both conventionally produced and cultivated meat. Through a partnership with reagents company Kerafast, GFI is streamlining access to existing cell lines. You can also use our cell line trackers to find out about existing and in-progress cell lines and primary cells available from a variety of sources.

Cultivated meat research tools

This database compiles species-specific research tools, reagents, assays, protocols, service providers, and other data.

Alternative protein literature library

GFI’s alternative protein scientists have been digging into the literature on plant-based, cultivated, and fermentation-derived proteins. See their recommendations for papers, reports, theses, and patents to read!

Students and educators

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Online course: The science behind alternative proteins

GFI’s open-access online course explores the science of alternative proteins. In five self-paced modules, you’ll learn about the biological and chemical processes used to produce plant-based, fermentation-enabled, and cultivated meat, as well as the environmental and economic drivers behind these market sectors.

Curriculum repository

Bring more alternative protein content to the classroom using this hub of curriculum materials and resources for members of the academic community.

Alt Protein Project

Students play a pivotal role in building the alternative protein ecosystem. Learn about how you can start a student group at your university to accelerate the global transition to the future of food.

Student guide

This guide will help you get started on your journey through the exciting world of alternative proteins. It is designed to help you navigate the various tools, communities, and databases available to you as you explore this burgeoning field.

Meet our experts

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Dean Powell

SENIOR SCITECH ANALYST

Dean provides scientific and technical expertise for GFI APAC, focusing on cultivated meat. He holds a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology with a focus on poultry muscle development and a bachelor’s in Animal and Veterinary Bioscience, both from the University of Sydney. Dean has experience working for the Australian Federal Government both as a scientific assessor for food safety regulations and as an international policy analyst focusing on the Asia Pacific region.

Dean lives in Sydney.

Wasamon Nutakul

SCITECH MANAGER

Wasamon is GFI APAC’s SciTech Manager, focusing on plant-based protein. She has more than five years of experience working at multinational food companies, through which she gained expertise in food proteins and their applications. Before joining GFI APAC, she spent two years working in academia and industry developing new talents for the food industry in Thailand. Wasamon holds a Ph.D. in Food Science from University of Massachusetts Amherst and a BSc. in Biochemistry from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Wasamon lives in Singapore.

Maanasa Ravikumar

SCITECH SPECIALIST

Maanasa is GFI APAC’s SciTech Specialist for cultivated meat. Prior to joining GFI, Maanasa worked as a scientist at Ivy Farm Technologies in the UK, spearheading research into multi-species cultivated meat products. Maanasa is passionate about science communication and has volunteered for various initiatives aimed at increasing engagement between researchers and the general public. She holds a Ph.D. in stem cell glycobiology from the National University of Singapore and a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from the University of Sheffield. 

Maanasa lives in Singapore. 

Arin Naidu

SCITECH ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST

Arin leads GFI APAC’s efforts to expand the community and scientific talent pool in Asia’s alternative protein sector. Combining his passion for science, education, and visual communication, Arin builds effective resources and pathways for those who want to enter and grow in this emerging industry.

Prior to joining GFI, Arin worked in biomaterial startups for over four years developing scaled-up products, patents, and publications with applications in alternative plastics, textiles, and food. Arin holds a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Tufts University.

Arin lives in Singapore.

Join the pioneers of the future of food

Looking to start a career in the alt proteins space? Check out current openings or read personal testimonials from technologists who are working on the cutting edge of alt protein science.

Recent updates

New data reveals surprising market opportunities for plant-based meat in Southeast Asia

This report examines current and projected rates of plant-based meat adoption, health motivations, high- and low-interest consumer segments, and sentiments…

The State of APAC’s Alt Protein Industry in 10 Charts

Everything you need to know about the alternative protein ecosystem in APAC.

Guest Column: Keeping Up with the Crustaceans

This article was written by Dr. Danai Georgiadou, a scientist from A*STAR’s Bioprocessing Technology Institute (BTI). She also contributes to…

New Report Reveals the Untapped Potential of Mung Beans for Alternative Proteins

How to unlock the potential of what it describes as “one of Asia’s most underutilised crops.”