Cellular flavoring to make cultivated foods Delicious by Design.

Cellular flavoring is the precise adjusting of media formulations to catalyze cells to express their own flavor profile – just like in the ‘wild’. It is:


Maximize flavor aspects important to your customers to deliver more bang per gram!


Non GMO label and no added ingredients, increasing appeal for consumers and easy approval from regulators.


Maximize flavor aspects important to your customers to deliver more bang per gram!


“If I did this again, I’d be optimizing for taste early on to get the right flavor before scaling.”

- Late Stage Cultivated Meat Producer

“We’re starting from scratch with taste, so a partner who can accelerate us to being first in market is amazing.”

- Early Stage Cultivated Seafood Producer

“Getting feedback loops from real-time optimizations is super valuable… we can optimize products from a flavor and nutrition perspective.”

- Cultivated Fats University Researcher

“I’m always looking for quick iterative ways to get results from the lab.”

- Cultivated Dairy Producer

our work

For cultivated foods to succeed, they must taste great. Alcheme Bio is pioneering cellular flavoring by mapping the connection between media formulations and flavor, then bioengineering media supplements that catalyze cells to express their own flavor – just like in the wild. 

Clean, cost efficient and precise, it’s the future of flavor.



Founded and Led by Industry Executives

Vanessa Small PhD, MBA

Founder | CEO | CSO

Dr. Vanessa Small is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Science Officer at Alcheme Bio. She is a seasoned biotech executive with 20+ years of experience driving innovation and commercialization. She has developed novel biologics and reagents generating over $1B in annual revenue, and led cross-functional teams to bring innovative products to market.  Prior to founding Alcheme Bio, Dr. Small held key scientific and management roles at leading biotech companies, including Pfizer, Alere , and Cue Health.  Dr. Small is a Scientific Advisor to Digital Dx Ventures and a Board Member of How Women Lead. 

Clair purcell


Clair Purcell serves as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Product Officer at Alcheme Bio. She has spent the last decade identifying and launching scalable companies, founding and selling her e-commerce business, then as a Director with Consulting Group’s Digital Ventures and most recently with Newlab as Chief Venture Builder. Her work spans South East Asia, Europe and North America. She serves on the board of GenSpace, the world’s first community biolab and is passionate about leading multi-disciplinary teams to create and break into new markets to solve some of the world’s hardest problems.

If you’re an early stage cultured product company, particularly if you’re producing fats, meats and seafood, we can get your product tasting how it should, faster than anybody else. Reach out, we’d love to start a conversation with you.