New Harvest, Inc.

Maximizing the positive impact of cellular agriculture.

aka New Harvest Organization   |   Stafford, TX   |  www.new-harvest.org

Mission

New Harvest is laying the groundwork for the future of agriculture by reimagining the way we make animal products—using cells instead of animals (aka cellular agriculture). Founded in 2004, we are the world’s longest-running 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cultured meat research. Our mission is to maximize the positive impact of cellular agriculture, ensuring this emerging technology delivers on its promises to create a more equitable and sustainable food system by ending our dependence on animal agriculture. We fund public research and industry-wide initiatives to accelerate scientific breakthroughs and address shared challenges that transcend private interests.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Isha Datar

Main address

Unit 1333 1020 Brand Lane

Stafford, TX 77477 USA

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EIN

20-1425438

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (K05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (C05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (D05)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The way we mass-produce animal products today is a serious threat to the environment, public health, and animals. Considering the impacts, threats, and challenges of livestock farming, it is extremely important that we explore different ways to feed our growing global population.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Research Grants and Programming

Our flagship program is the New Harvest Fellowship, which provides 3 years of support for graduate and postdoctoral researchers who want to dedicate their work to cellular agriculture. This program is our largest expenditure. Since 2015, this program has rapidly expanded, supporting 29 fellows total. The programming is a combination of funding to support their research at their university and community programming to foster connection and collaboration.

Our additional research grant programs, the Seed Grant and the Dissertation Award, are smaller, one time funding commitments. The Seed Grant is up to $5000 for researchers pursuing short-term projects in cellular agriculture, typically as undergraduate or Master’s students. The Dissertation Award is $10,000 for late stage graduate students to help them publish their cell-ag-adjacent research and make a leap into a cellular agriculture-focused career.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics

Since our founding in 2004, New Harvest has been building the cellular agriculture community. By building relationships and providing advice, feedback, support, and introductions we have helped some of the first labs, companies, and funders get involved in cellular agriculture.

We also collaborate directly with cellular agriculture companies, always with the scope of elevating the whole field. In 2020 our safety initiative brought together 87 industry leaders from 50 different cultured meat companies around the world to set research priorities for establishing cultured meat’s safety. It’s an example of early, proactive collective action in a heavily privatized field.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics

Our public engagement work is focused on socializing the idea of cellular agriculture with the public, striving to deepen the conversation rather than drive mass appeal.

One of the main pillars of our public engagement work is our annual conference. The conference is our opportunity to welcome new voices into the field, to host neglected and tough conversations, and to bring together a population of activated individuals seeking a place in the field. Our feedback surveys have indicated that the event was a source of inspiration for curious folks to enter the field, for founders to meet funders, and for research collaborations to arise.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of research products contributed to cellular agriculture (i.e. peer-reviewed publications)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Academics

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Cumulative peer-reviewed papers

Number of research studies funded

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Research Grants and Programming

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Cumulative research projects and initiatives funded

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We want to see a world where food can be grown from cells, instead of animals, to feed our global population sustainably and affordably.

To us, scientific advancements and the trained scientists who can make these advancements are the neglected, limiting factor holding back cellular agriculture’s growth.

New Harvest accelerates breakthroughs in cellular agriculture by (1) funding pre-competitive research, (2) conducted by cell ag scientists in training, and (3) communicating the progress and promise of cell ag to the world.

New Harvest's interdisciplinary team applies a deep understanding of the complex academic, non-profit, government, and industry landscape to innovation in cellular agriculture.

As of the end of 2019, New Harvest has:

(1) Supported research leading to nine peer-reviewed scientific publications
(2) Supported 25 independent research projects, globally

From the broad talent pool that New Harvest cultivates,

(3) At least six cell ag companies have been founded with direct roots in New Harvest

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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New Harvest, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Isha Datar

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

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