Australia has become the last country to join the growing meat industry in the lab, which to date has been dominated by food technology start-ups in Europe, Israel and California's Silicon Valley.
Two Australian companies, Heuros in Canberra and VOW in Sydney, aim to make meat grown from animal cell stem cells a commercial reality.
"Currently, we are the first company to emerge [in Australia]," said Heuros founder Nick Beaumont.
"I think there are others operating in stealth, but they have not yet shown their hand."
Despite the hype, no laboratory-grown meat company anywhere in the world has yet released a commercial product.
The argument seems to increase, both locally and internationally, that VC-backed, privately owned technology companies ...