Jellatech Reveals its First Animal-Free, Cell-Based Collagen

Jellatech, a North Carolina-based biotech startup, has announced the successful production of cell-based collagen using their proprietary cell lines. In their announcement, the company explains they have created full-length triple-helical collagen that functions identically to conventional sources.

Collagen is used in numerous industries including cosmetic, pharmaceutical, and food production. As such, Jellatech set out to create a clean and sustainably superior version of the protein. A version that does not rely on animals for sourcing. Collagen is traditionally sourced from animal skin, bones, and connective tissue.

In April last year, Jellatech secured $2 million in a pre-seed funding round which supported the ongoing collagen and gelatine R&D. This funding and extensive R&D work allowed Jellatech to send out samples of its collagen development with the aim of commercializing within 18 months. The recent announcement shows they have achieved bioidentical results with cell-based collagen – suggesting their ambition is within reach.

“This is a major milestone for us and I am beyond proud and excited that we are already here. Being able to see our clean cell-based collagen with the naked eye – it brings happy tears,” Stephanie Michelsen, CEO of Jellatech said in a statement.

The company first considered plant-based and fermentation-based methods before deciding against them due to their known limitations. Jellatech claims that both are unable to fully mimic the range of functionality that animal-based collagen contains, therefore its cell-based innovation is a step ahead.

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