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Cell-Ranching

A Ranch that produces more meat with less animals

Nature and Climate Positive meat production

Harm-free tiny muscle and fat biopsies that have the potential to produce more meat through cell-culture meat production.

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OUR VISION

To be Climate and Nature Positive

OUR MISSION

WildBio designs innovative biotech solutions that secure the future of wildlife, biodiversity and food security

OUR PURPOSE

To innovate and augment traditional food supply chains, proactively address UN SDG challenges, and support the conservation of Africa’s biodiversity for future generations.

What we Do

  • Cell-Ranching – Diversified Value Proposition for livestock, wildlife and crop farmers.
  • Fat cells as ingredient for the plant/algae/mycelium-based (vegetarian) industries.
  • Licensed cell-lines for global cell-cultivated meat companies – diversifying their offerings.
  • Our scale-out ‘Zebra’ Pods demonstrate the potential of distributed mini-hybrid animal/plant-protein production units within urban and rural areas
  • Our low-cost, proprietary, and harm-free cell-growth media will support the growth of this emerging food industry
  • Our academic partnerships help build the ecosystem needed to grow the emerging cell-cultivated meat industry

Meet The Team that is making this happen

Leadership

Dr. Paul Bartels

Dr. Paul Bartels

CEO / Founder

Paul is a wildlife veterinarian with over 25 years experience in biobanking, cell culture and assisted reproduction technologies. He was the founder of the Wildlife Biological Resource Centre which later became the SANBI National Biobank. He is a recipient of a National Science and Technology Forum’s Science Engineering & Technology Award (2006/7) as well as the African Entrepreneurship Award (2017). Mogale’s roots stem from Paul’s passion for conservation and contributing to a sustainable future for Africa.

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Dr. Elize Venter

CCO / Co-founder

Elize has her Doctorate in Conservation Education. Her doctoral study took her to Uganda in central Africa and Borneo in the far-east. She has over the past decade worked on higher education training programmes focusing on behavioural change methodologies. She has extensive experience in developing environmental and health programmes, project management, stakeholder engagement, and policy planning, implementation and advocacy.

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Jill Schriewer

CSO

Jill Schriewer graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and has 23 years’ experience in the science industry and spent the last 4 years on cell-line development for one of the largest cell-culture meat companies.

Expert Advisors

Prof James Henstock

SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR

James is Associate Professor of Tissue Engineering in the Department of Applied Science. His research covers 3D cell culture technologies, and is centred on designing new bioreactor-based strategies for biomanufacturing musculoskeletal tissues on earth and in space.

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DR. MARETHA VAN DER MERWE

REGULATORY ADVISOR

Deputy Director, Health Services, City of Tshwane and Head of Health Operational Room for COVID-19 Pandemic. Policy development for wildlife meat legislation in South Africa, chairperson of the Gauteng Meat Forum. Appointed by DEKRA Germany as an ISO auditor and obtaining lead auditor status in ISO 22000.

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Dr. Belinda du Plessis

SENIOR SCIENTIST

Belinda has more than twenty years’ experience in lecturing and biotechnology research. Her specialization is in Food Chemistry, including starch chemistry, cereal science, mycotoxins, toxicology and bio-accessibility in new food product development. She has experience in designing and managing research projects and training students. Belinda has a passion for scientific research, our natural environment and more specifically wildlife conservation. She combines her expertise and interests in edible scaffold production for cultivated meat production to the benefit of people, animals and the environment.

The Team At Work

MAKING USE OF THE VAST NATURAL CELLULAR GROWTH POTENTIAL OF THE STEM-CELL POOL FOUND IN MUSCLES AND FAT

There is a large opportunity to develop alternate technologies that reduce the cost and improve the efficiency and quality of cultured meat production at scale.

Animals only use a fraction of their tissue stem-cell potential during the course

of their lives. Cell-ranching allows for the isolation and growth of muscle and fat stem cells following the (1) harm-free collection of a very small samples from young animals or (2) collection of a small sample from a meat carcass. The stem cells can then be grown in large bioreactors, similar to the ones used to brew beer.

POTENTIAL TO MAKE TONS MORE NUTRITIOUS ANIMAL PROTEIN, WHILE CONSERVING WILDLIFE, BIODIVERSITY AND THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

Our Ethos is Sustainability Driven

Agriculture is essential, however some agricultural practices, such as factory farming has a disproportionally large impact on the planets One-Health, that is the health of people, animals and the environment.

Green House Gas Emissions

Extensive Fertile Land Use

Excessive Clean Water Use

Over-use of Antibiotics

Polluting herbicides and synthetic fertilizers

What is required:                      

Besides increasing conservation effort, a major sustainable production and consumption effort is required. Cell-cultivated meat will go a long way in positively addressing production and consumption issues

Climate and Nature Positive

Cell-cultivated meat production is climate, land, water, wildlife, biodiversity, and health friendly. Uses substantially less land, water, antibiotics, synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, and poisons to produce healthy and nutritious meat

Regenerative agriculture, re-wilding, and cell-ranching re-aligns agricultural practices to the benefit of People, Animals, and the Environment

Career

Do you personally want to make an ‘outsize’ impact on securing the future of Africa’s wildlife and natural habitat heritage, while carrying out R&D for feeding future generations with healthy and nutritious animal protein?

Are you looking for a new challenge in a rapidly expanding hi-tech industry involving wildlife and livestock farming, tissue-culture, precision fermentation, biotechnology, biochemistry and bioengineering?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then you are the person we might be looking for…

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You have the skills, drive and passion, we have the facility and support structures for you to make a positive and outsize impact on the future of biodiversity, wildlife and the planet.

Contact Us

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Email Address

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Hartbeespoort dam,

Pretoria, 0001

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