TurtleTree Labs: Creating sustainable mammalian milk alternatives from stem cells

Co-founders Lin Fengru (L) and Max Rye © TurtleTree Labs

Founder’s search for high-quality dairy milk led to the creation in a lab of naturally occurring ingredients found in human milk for supply to dairy milk and infant formula businesses

The story of biotech milk startup TurtleTree Labs actually started with cheese. While working for Salesforce and Google in Singapore, cheese connoisseur Lin Fengru would often visit dairy farms around Asia to look for high-quality milk to make good cheese. During her search, Lin discovered first-hand the unhygienic conditions of factory farming and the excessive use of antibiotics and hormones on dairy cattle.The farm visits also highlighted to her the global environmental issues relating to animal farming. “Cattle are estimated to produce 11% of all human-induced greenhouse gas emissions, wit...
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