Two Scientists Introduce Breakthrough in Lab-Grown Technology: Breast Milk

Feb. 18, 2020
Using patent-pending technology, Leila Strickland and Michelle Egger, co-founders of the startup Biomilq, want to revolutionize the way we think about breast milk.

If you're one of the many parents who wishes they could provide a sustainable and nutritious option for feeding babies outside of the maternal breast, then Leila Strickland and Michelle Egger might just be your two new best friends. 

Both women have launched Biomilq, a six-month old startup that recently succeeded in growing two key components found in human milk—lactose and casein—from mammary cells in a bioreactor.

The breast milk disruptor cites on Medium that they are "the first company to produce vital components of milk together within the same system using a process that is sterile from start to finish and free of all contamination. Most importantly, this innovation allows us to create the full constellation of complex components in perfect proportion."

Unlike lab grown meat or even lab-grown dairy, this type of technology serves a bigger purpose: to provide families a more nutritious and more sustainable option for feeding babies. 

The pair hope to work with with families, pediatricians, the breastfeeding and lactation community as they "iterate and optimize our production process toward the goal of bringing cultured breastmilk to market."

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