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Pacifico Biolabs emerges from stealth with fermentation process for alternative seafood

Pacifico Biolabs emerges from stealth with fermentation process for alternative seafood

In the quest to replace traditional seafood with alternatives, Berlin-based Pacifico Biolabs believes it has a unique approach to making whole muscle structures using fermentation. While fermentation, the process of growing cells in bioreactors, is already used to make a number of alternative proteins, like cultivated meat, Zac Austin, co-founder and CEO, calls the process “a complete game-changer.” Prior to Pacifico Biolabs, Austin was at McKinsey in London as a strategy consultant. Following work on the British government’s COVID taskforce, he met co-founder Washington Nelson Logroño Vintimilla, who migrated to Europe from Ecuador for graduate studies in biotechnology. “The fermentation we often hear about is better at making raw products,” Austin told TechCrunch. “Seafood is such that it is so fragmented that you need different technology approaches to cover different types of products. We produce a highly nutritious biomass, and our formulation works well for white fish filet products.” The company’s fermentation process involves the cultivation of multiple microorganisms, including mycelium (mushroom root), to provide nutrition, flavor and texture. Pacifico Biolabs is also using side …