Scientist – Media Development | Orbillion | Los Angeles

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Location: Los Angeles, CA

About The Company:

Orbillion is a top-tier cell-cultured meat company that crafts heritage meats from wagyu beef, wild elk, lamb, and American bison. After only 4 months of development time, Orbillion presented three of its four different flavorful meats in a first-ever exclusive tasting in San Francisco this March (event video).

Orbillion is led by CEO Patricia Bubner, PhD, CTO Gabriel Levesque-Tremblay, PhD, and COO Samet Yildirim, MSc, MBS. Together, the three founders have over 30 years of combined experience in rapid development and scale-up of mammalian cell culture as well as business and product development.

Orbillion also has an all-star advisory board, which includes high-profile food and biotech experts such as Matt Croughan (ex-Genentech, ex-Sapphire Energy, ex-KGI), Ron Shigeta (ex- IndieBio), Guy Crims (Master Wagyu Butcher at Niku Steakhouse, the best steakhouse in SF), Jay Keasling (UC Berkeley professor and entrepreneur), and Caio Malufe (ex-Cargill).

Also this year, the team went through Y Combinator and has raised a total of $6.4M from experienced food and agriculture investors and science-savvy angel investors including: At One Ventures (investors in Climax Foods, Finless Foods, Wild Earth), FoundersX Ventures (investors in SpaceX), Prithi Ventures (investors in Mission Barns, Turtle Tree Labs), Quiet Capital, and others. And just recently, they graduated from Creative Destruction Lab’s Climate Stream.

Now, Orbillion is focused on building out the team and bringing their first product – fine Wagyu beef – up to pilot scale.

About The Role:

This is an exciting opportunity to develop a new tasteful cell-cultured meat product. In this role, you will be using your experience to develop media formulations for various cell types including Adipose and Muscle. The Scientist – Media Development will have a significant impact on the company’s key deliverables and interact closely with the R&D, product development and Bioprocessing groups.

Your Key Responsibilities

  • Use your knowledge of cell metabolism and nutritional requirements to develop and test media formulations to support robust growth to high cell culture densities.
  • Work with the Process Development team to develop a bioprocess that will support high cell density cultures.
  • Analyze and quantify media components (ex: glucose, glutamine, amino acids, growth factors, etc.) and metabolic by-products for optimized yield and quality outcomes.
  • Develop and adjust media formulation recipes to minimize material input and by- product output.
  • Collaborate with the R&D team to identify metabolic pathways to target for improved efficiency.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with external consultants and development organizations to accelerate media screening and process testing.
  • Use statistical and DoE skills to effectively screen ingredients and recipes with cell lines; make statistically sound decisions.
  • Own experimental design, execution, and analysis; concisely report results and implications to manager and team.

Desired Experience

  • BSc, BEng or MS with 5+ years of relevant industrial experience or PhD in related life science discipline (e.g. Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or Biophysics) with 2 years in Media development industry
  • Expert with demonstrated knowledge of mammalian cell biology, cell metabolism, and nutritional requirements for mammalian cell culture
  • Ability to analyze and predict the impact of media components on cell culture yield and metabolite production
  • 2+ years of experience culturing mammalian cells; excellent aseptic technique is a must
  • Experience using statistics and DoE to design and analyze experiments
  • Must have strong organizational skills; able to prioritize and manage resources with respect to project timelines
  • Growth mindset, curiosity, and ability to learn quickly and work independently in a start- up environment.

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