Bioprinted cells can be used to make the material for premium goods and also as a source for meat.
Modern Meadow predicts that within five years, we could be seeing lab-grown leather being turned into shoes, belts, and handbags, and selling in large department stores. The biotech company has invested its efforts into 3-D bioprinting technology that can produce leather in its laboratories. the process involves taking cells from the donor animals and putting the fused cells into a bioreactor for several weeks. According to Modern Meadow, the lab-process is much more environmentally and animal friendly.
Along with leather, Modern Meadow has also produced meat following the same process. In October, the company hopes to serve a burger using lab-grown beef, which cost $330,000 to produce. The technology still has a long way to go before it’s more refined and affordable as a way to replace traditional methods of getting meat and leather.