The future of meat starts here.
We produce growth medium to make cultured meat affordable.


Meat is not innocent!

Meat production is unfair, unhealty and unfriendly to environment. Today, for each kilogram of meat production:

liters of water is required
m2 of land is needed
kilogram of CO2 is released
mg of antibiotics are used

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We produce microorganism based, natural and cost effective growth medium supplement to grow muscle stem cells. Instead of conventional fetal-bovine-serum (FBS) dependent production, that is nearly 90% of the bill, our patent pending formulation decreases related expenses dramatically. We introduce much better way to cultivate affordable meat.

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By use of Biftek growth medium supplement, the end product is real meat without any genetic modifications or antibiotics. Meat is disease free and as healthy as it should be.

Environment friendly

There will be minimal need to water and land. %18 of the global green house gas emission could be minimized if all the meat production becomes clean.


"If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian." - Sir Paul McCartney. In the future we will look back and say how cruel we were abusing animals. With clean meat technology there would be no need for animals and slaughterhouses.


Price of each kilogram of meat will decrease as Biftek growth medium supplement cuts the cost dramatically. Therefore commercialized cultured meat revolution will solve the growing protein demand for the globe.



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Our Team

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Prof. Can Akcali has MD degree from Ankara University and Ph.D. degree from University of Cincinnati, Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology. He worked as a professor in Bilkent University Molecular Biology and Genetics Department. Currently he is vice president in Stem Cell Institute in Ankara University. Prof. Akcali is the recipient of Novartis Science Award, Vehbi Koç Health Award, Gordon Research Conference Award. He is the author of many scientific papers and book chapters. He has been advisor of numerous graduate students.

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Prof. Dr. Can Akcali Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Erdem Erikci holds B.Sc. and M.Sc degree from Bilkent University Molecular Biology and Genetics Department, Turkey and received his Ph.D. in Biology from Georg-August-Universität Gottingen, Max Planck Institute, Germany. His papers were published in renowned journals such as Nature. He is responsible of research and development of novel methods and validations in cultured meat production. Previously he co-founded and that tackles with climate change by use of big data.

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Dr. Erdem Erikci Chief Technical Officer

Mr. Kerem Erikci holds Electrical Engineering B.Sc. and MBA degrees from Bilkent University, Turkey, M.Sc degree in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University, USA. He has 18 years of engineering and marketing experience at corporate and startup companies. He co-founded and that received international recognition by EU, UNIDO and UN. Mr. Erikci is experienced in the life cycles of startups with innovative products and services.

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Mr. Kerem Erikci Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Melih Akcali, holds B.Sc. degree in Engineering from Middle East Technical University and MA in Economics from Gazi University. He is specialized in financial risk management. His expertise is understanding cash flows and valuations in commercial and banking agreements. Mr. Akcali is responsible from finance and feasibility studies of new endeavours.

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Mr. Melih Akcali Chief Finance Officer

Dr. Fadime Kiran is a molecular biologist and microbiologist. She received her Ph.D. degree in biotechnology from Ankara University, Turkey. She worked as a researcher at the Norwegian University of Life Science and a postdoctoral at Bilkent University Molecular Biology and Genetics Department. She is currently working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Ankara University. Her research focuses on microbiota and microbiota-derived metabolites. She is the author of several scientific articles and managed many scientific projects.

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Dr. Fadime Kiran Chief Innovation Officer

Dr. Dilan Çelebi Birand is a molecular biologist and a neuroscientist. Dr. Celebi Birand received her B.Sc. degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics and Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience from Bilkent University. Before being a part of the Biftek team, Dr. Celebi Birand had worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Bilkent University. Her previous research focused on the environmental and genetic contributors to oxidative stress and inflammation during aging. Dilan also investigated the brain-specific effects of dietary and pharmacological interventions that extend life span. She is the author of several scientific articles and book chapters, and a reviewer for scientific journals.

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Dr. Dilan Çelebi Birand Senior Scientist

Zeynep Büşra Özer received her B.Sc degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Bilkent University in 2015. During bachelor studies, she prepared constructs to make genetically tractable small model organisms (zebrafish) to test and dissect the functions of novel cancer genes. At Institute for Systems Biology-Seattle, she worked on stemness of the hybrid epithelial/mesenchymal state in breast cancer. Through her MS studies, she investigated the epigenetic effects of estrogen on the differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells and the genetic and epigenetic effects of zinc on liver fibrosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Currently, Zeynep pursues her Ph.D. in the field of stem cell biology.

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Mrs. Zeynep Büşra Özer Scientist

Kardelen Genç received her B.Sc degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Bilkent University and her M.Sc degree in Stem Cell Biology from Ankara University Stem Cell Institute. At Bilkent University, she studied bioinformatic analysis of human cancer databases. During her studies, she worked on heart disease research and the zinc ion's effect on epigenetic resetting of iPSCs.

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Mrs. Kardelen Genc Scientist

İlknur Ağun received her B.Sc degree in Biology from Ankara University. During her undergraduate, she was involved in scientific projects and worked on biomaterials and scaffold production. She is currently a master’s student in the Department of Biology at Ankara University.

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Mrs. Ilknur Agun Scientist

Sultan Gölpek received her B.Sc and M.Sc degrees in Molecular Biology from Ankara University. Through her M.Sc thesis, she designed skin grafts containing decellularized human dermal extracellular matrix using 3D bio-printing technology. During her graduate education, she was involved in scientific projects and worked on scaffold production using electro-spinning and 3D bio-printing technologies.

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Mrs.Sultan Gölpek Scientist

Advisor Team

Wealth of Experience

Passionate about innovative technology startups, Sibel Tunali is a talented international business executive with over 30 years of strategic management, partnership and business development experience and a strong understanding of international markets such as Canada, US, UK, Finland, Portugal and Turkey. Sibel graduated from Bogazici University in Electrical Engineering and has a Corporate Finance Postgraduate degree from the London School of Business. Over the last 10 years, Sibel has worked with various technology startups in sustainable business growth. Since 2018, she also spearheaded the Start-in Bodrum accelerator/collaborative Platform, creating business development opportunities between local investors and startups together with her partner Gert Kroon.

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Sibel Tunali General Advisor

As a founder of a Data Science company and over 25 years of international experience in IBM Corporate and Governmental sector, Gert Kroon is an experienced advisor with international business network in Europe. Gert has graduated from Haagse Hogeschool Information Technology in the Netherlands and he is currently finalizing his Executive MBA program at the first US Online MBA University. With a solid financial and technical background, he has broad knowledge of all steps of growth including commercialization, scale-up, marketing and operations for development of a commercial product. Since November 2018, Gert has also spearheaded the Start-in Bodrum accelerator/collaborative platform, creating business development opportunities between international investors and startups together with his partner Sibel Tunali.

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Gert Kroon Startup Advisor

Ms. Lucky is responsible to provide sense of urgency to our team. Her aim is to save animals from cruelty. Her eyes tell us to what she feels about people around; not very positive though.

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Ms. Lucky Animal Relations

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112 Capitol Trail Suite A526,
Newark, 19711, DE, USA

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Accelerated by

Big Idea Ventures, New York 2020
Big Idea Ventures

Backed by

Big Idea Ventures, USA
Big Idea Ventures

TR Angels, Turkey
TR Angels

Cult Food Science, Canada
Cult food Science Ventures

Sankonline, Turkey
Sanko Online VC

StartersHub, Turkey / USA