BTSA will participate in CULTUREDMEAT, CDTI’s R&D project to obtain cultivated meat.

The R&D project that will investigate future meat products for the prevention of colon cancer and dyslipidemia -CULTUREDMEAT- was born under the umbrella of 8 partner entities and 10 research organizations, with the aim of achieving a more sustainable and healthier agri-food sector.


In a world threatened by climate change, population growth poses a challenge when it comes to combining food and sustainability. For this reason, cultivated meat is positioned as one of the greatest innovations of our century, integrating food safety, animal welfare and sustainability in a unique product ideal for the whole family. Cultured meat is that which comes from the culture of animal muscle cells previously extracted by biopsy and which avoids animal sacrifice.
The general objective of the CULTUREDMEAT project is to investigate meat produced from cellular agriculture that, together with the development of healthy fats and functional ingredients, allow obtaining meat products for the prevention of dyslipidemia and colon cancer.
This project has been submitted to the CDTI ‘MISIONES’ call, a program designed to support sectorial strategic initiatives of business innovation within the framework of the State Program for Business Leadership in R&D of the State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation 2017- 2020.
Out of a total of 128 proposals submitted, only 24 have been approved, being CULTUREDMEAT the best valued in Spain in all areas.



Currently, there are very few entities worldwide that are producing cultured meat. In all cases, these are eminently scientific start-up companies that have not managed to overcome the barrier of larger-scale production. The production of cultured meat has aroused great interest in the industry and there are many investment funds that are betting on this new strategy of meat production.
CULTUREDMEAT was born thanks to the cooperation of biotechnology companies specialized in nutrition and production technologies at the national level, such as Argal (project leader), Biotech Foods, Martínez Somalo, DMC Research, BDI Biotech, Neoalgae, BTSA and Agrowingdata. The consortium also has the collaboration of 10 research organizations (CTIC CITA, Universidad de Oviedo, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid – FUAM, TECNALIA, Barcelona Science Park, Universidad de Sevilla – FIUS, VICOMTECH, Universidad de Granada, BIODONOSTIA and CIC BIOMAGUNE) to carry out the development of the idea. On the other hand, ZABALA Innovation leads the project management thanks to its extensive experience in calls for R&D grants.


Benefits of cultured meat

The consumption of red meat (beef, pork, lamb, etc.) is associated with highly prevalent diseases in Western countries such as colon cancer and dyslipidemia. Specifically, in Spain, colon cancer is the most frequent neoplasm in the population (if both genders are taken into account). That is why research into functional ingredients that can help prevent these diet-related diseases of high social impact is necessary.


Do you like the idea of cultured meat? Stick with the concept of “cultured meat” because it will become the next revolution of the food industry!

Ana Ugidos has been nominated for Top 100 2018

Our CEO, Ana Ugidos, has been nominated for Top 100 2018, which highlights the 100 leading women in Spain.
We invite you to vote and to support Ana in this important recognition. Vote here

Successful results from the 2nd year of the R&D project “Avanza-S”: New healthy food products and advanced packaging solutions.

The Centre for Industrial and Technology Development (CDTI, for its name in Spanish) of the Spanish Ministry of Economy has reviewed and certified the second year of the R&D project “Research and experimental development of new healthy food products and advanced packaging solutions” (AVANZA-S). The project was selected and funded by CDTI in the frame of the CIEN Strategic Programme for National Business Research Consortiums, whose main objective is to fund large experimental development projects in key strategic areas of international relevance.

With an investment of over 7 million euro, the AVANZA-S project aims to research on new food ingredients and formulations and on new systems and materials for advanced food packaging that permit to develop new healthy and multifunctional meat products meeting the demands of consumers and public authorities regarding health and sustainability.

The project brings together 7 companies with large experience and capacities in terms of R&D: UVE, S.A. (UVESA, consortium leader), ELPOZO ALIMENTACIÓN, S.A., BTSA Biotecnologías Aplicadas, MONTELOEDER S.L., NUREL S.A. (SAMCA GROUP), PLASTIENVASE S.L. (SP Group) and BANDESUR ALCALÁ S.A. The project also counts with the participation of 11 public research groups belonging to several Spanish universities and to CSIC, the Spanish National Research Council.

The project started the 1st September 2015 and will end by August 2019. The key results achieved by the consortium during this second year are described below:

UVESA has maintained its objectives: find new strategies to enhance the nutritional profile of chicken meat and of fresh chicken-based products, and test new packaging solutions that permit to increase their shelf life. Regarding the nutritional improvements, the company has researched the incorporation of a natural compound of high nutritional value in the feed of broiler chickens, analysing the effects on the final products. At the same time, it has assessed the incorporation of the compound directly into the meat or into the meat-based products using different incorporation and conservation strategies. The company has also researched natural compounds with antimicrobial and/or antioxidant activity that permit to obtain healthier food products. Finally, UVESA has tested in chicken-based products several advanced packaging solutions developed by other project partners.

ELPOZO ALIMENTACIÓN has carried out during this second year activities that have permitted the company to design new functional meat products to enhance consumers’ health and wellbeing. At the same time, the company has continued testing active packaging solutions to preserve the functionality of these meat products and to guarantee its food safety.

BTSA Biotecnologías Aplicadas, during this second year, has succeeded in the laboratory tests to obtain functional ingredients based in Vitamin E from sunflower by means of physical methods and solvent-free clean technologies. The company has also consolidated the processes to obtain concentrated extracts of omega 3 fatty acids using enzymatic technologies, thus permitting to increase the company portfolio of high quality functional ingredients with low organoleptic impact.

MONTELOEDER is working in the development of functional ingredients based on plant extracts for the food industry, including food supplements and nutricosmetics. During this second year, the company has successfully carried out an intervention assay to verify the capacity of an ingredient, mixture of extracts of hibiscus and lemon verbena, to increase satiation and help lose weight and fats in overweight and moderately obese people. The results from the assays have been published in the scientific paper Food & Function. On the other hand, the company has developed an ingredient, mixture of 4 different extracts, with high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity, with proven capacity to reduce the negative effects pollution has on human skin. This ingredient, registered as ZeroPollution, will be further assessed during the following years.

NUREL, during these two years, has successfully developed new biopolymers with special technical features:
– INZEA F18C: Compostable biopolymer in accordance with the norm EN13432, with transparency and properties similar to those of polypropylene.
– INZEA FH11: Biodegradable biopolymer in HOME compost conditions in accordance with NF T 51-800, with a biobased content of 40% according to the norm ASTM D6866-16 and a transparency level between those of polyetylene and polypropylene.
– INZEA F18P: Compostable biopolymer similar to paper in touch and appearance.
Regarding the active packaging solutions, NUREL has confirmed the good antioxidant activity of the AMD-1 product, developed during the first year of the project, by conducting new shelf life assays with fresh and treated meat.

BANDESUR is researching on the technical improvement of its packaging, on the incorporation of active ingredients that permit to increase the shelf life of the packaged foods and on the development of more sustainable packaging solutions by means of biopolymers. Among the key results obtained during these two years, the company has developed a polystyrene biodegradable by means of enzymes that permit to speed up the process, together with the certification of an antimicrobial packaging in accordance with the norm ISO 22196.2011.

SP GROUP’s key objective is to research on the properties and positive effects of different packaging materials in order to increase the shelf life of packaged foods whilst maintaining its food safety. The company is also working to enhance the sustainability of the packaging, assessing techniques for reducing the thickness in conventional packaging and biodegradable materials. The company has assessed the incorporation of antioxidant / antimicrobial compounds and odor controllers, thus enhancing the conservation capacity of packaging products without modifying the content. Regarding the improvement of packaging structures, SP GROUP has advanced in the obtainment of heat resistant materials for key food industrial applications, together with the incorporation of recycled and biobased materials for the production of more sustainable packaging materials.

BTSA opens a new branch in the USA

After the opening of the Mexican branch more than 3 years ago, we continue with our internationalization plans in the Americas.

Ana Victoria Ugidos, CEO of BTSA explains that “with this new opening we’re entering the most important phase of our corporate growth, betting very strongly for growth in the US and Canada. I know we will soon see very positive results given the demands we are already seeing from this region”.

In this sense, our CEO remembers that “the opening in Mexico and our constant investment in marketing has made BTSA known by the main American companies”.

The new commercial delegation will be led by Chad Boeckman, MBA (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee). Chad has an innate passion and more than 15 years of sales, marketing, and management experience in the food, nutritional, pet and feed industries focused on functional ingredients.

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BTSA collaborates in the development of an antioxidant packaging

Fish and seafood products has recently received more attention from consumers for being an important source of nutritional components like unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, that have a positive impact in nutrition and health.

Lipid oxidation is one of the main causes of deterioration of fish during its processing and storage, being a fundamental factor in the shelf-life of food products.

The use of natural antioxidants is a good way to prevent and minimize lipid oxidation in food products, as it delays the formation of toxic oxidation products, while maintaining nutritional quality and extending the shelf-life of products.

In order to extend the shelf-life of fish and develop a film with antioxidant properties, a study funded by the Government of Galicia, in collaboration with the University of Santiago de Compostela, the University of Vigo and the University of A Coruña, selected 5 BTSA products to test their antioxidant activity by the TBARS and DHHP methods.

The study results showed that by using our antioxidants, lipid oxidation was reduced up to 40%.

BTSA products used in this study are: TOCOBIOL®, TOCOBIOL® GL, NUTRABIOL® T90, TOCOBIOL® PV and NUTRABIOL® T50 PV.

This type of packaging can be used in the future by the food industry for preservation of products and extend their shelf-life, which also would have huge economic benefits for companies.

BTSA among the most promising SMEs in Europe

Last Tuesday, September 13th, it took place the ELITE European Roadshow event, held at the headquarters of the Spanish Association of Small and Medium Enterprises. During the event was presented the first edition of the report “1000 companies to inspire Europe”, highlighting the most innovative and promising SME’s. Ana Ugidos, CEO of BTSA participated as one of the main speakers.

Our company is part of the publication that includes 75 Spanish companies considered the most promising small and medium enterprises.

This event, organized by CEPYME (Spanish Association of Small and Medium Enterprises) and the ELITE initiative, belonging to the group of London Stock Exchange, is being carried out in different countries of the European Union and its main objective is to highlight the most inspiring and experienced European SMEs, which have been included in the first edition of the publication ( while presenting the ELITE program (, European platform designed to help businesses of all Europe to prepare and structure its next stages of growth, in which BTSA is also participating.

BTSA receives Jury Prize at the Titans of Finance Awards 2016

BTSA was nominated this year for the Titans of Finance Awards, organized by ECOFIN Forum, in the category of Efficient Company.


Despite not winning the prize in this category, our company received one of the Jury Awards. The objective of this award is to recognize the trajectory of companies in the financial ecosystem that have demonstrated excellence in their management model. This year the jury placed special emphasis on companies that have successfully tackled the digital transformation.

The awards ceremony took place on the night of Monday, June 6 at the “Finances Night” held at the Palace Hotel in Madrid, which was chaired by Íñigo Fernández de Mesa, Secretary of State of Economy of Spain, and presented by the journalist Pedro Carreño.

BTSA was represented by Ya-Fang Liu and Fernando Blanco, who attended the award ceremony and the dinner to celebrate this important recognition.

BTSA joins CIEN AVANZA-S Project

The project is an initiative of the National Business Research Consortium of the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology, which funds large projects of industrial research and experimental development.

The overall objective of the project is the development of new ingredients and formulations, as well as new systems and advanced packaging materials that allow more healthy products that meet the demands of consumers and public authorities in health and sustainability .

The project has a number of commercial, strategic, environmental and health goals, which includes:

  1. Encourage cooperation between enterprises of the food industry, such as producers, manufacturers of food ingredients and additives, packaging manufacturers and producers of biopolymers.
  2. Research and develop new products, ingredients and packaging for the meat industry, positioning companies as global leaders in terms of healthy products and advanced packaging.
  3. Bring to market new ranges of fresh products, natural ingredients and additives with high functional or nutritional value, and new advanced packaging.
  4. Improve the position of companies in the project in their respective markets, increasing their sales and employment level.
  5. Respond to the demand of consumers and public authorities on food and health, offering new products that promote general welfare of consumers in terms of nutrition and disease prevention.
  6. To increase the shelf life of fresh and processed products, and to reduce food waste
  7. Improve sustainability and increase efficiency in the use of resources within the food industry.

By participating in this project, BTSA continues its strategy of investment in R&D, as one of the main pillars of the company for sustainable development.

Work & Ski in Astun

Last week, BTSA’s management team went to Astun Ski Center in the Aragonese Pyrenees, to analyze the evolution of the company in the recent years and plan the strategy for the upcoming years.


The objective of this activity, that has been held for the last six years, is to enjoy a few days of work in a different environment and that the managers of each area of ​​the company can share their experiences and align their goals for the future.

In addition, the participants were able to enjoy a spectacular natural setting and skiing in one of the most spectacular centers of Spain.

This year, the participants in this activity were:

Ana Victoria Ugidos – CEO & Chairwoman
Antonio Magán – COO España
Alvaro Agudo – Sales & Marketing Manager
Ya-Fang Liu – Facilities Manager
Victoria Mazario – Financial Manager
Diego García – Quality Manager
Gema Caballero – Final Product Manager
Teresa Rivero – COO Mexico

La Salle Maravillas School visits BTSA’s headquarters

The company celebrated its 22nd birthday with 50 students.

On Thursday February 4th, 50 students from 1º de Bachillerato of La Salle Maravillas School in Madrid, visited BTSA’s headquarters in Tecnoalcalá.

The visit was framed within the subject of Economics, and helped the students to see first-hand the concepts taught in classes, especially everything related to the production process in a company. The visit was also attended by tutors of 1ºA and 1ºB, Adolfo Gonzalez Aledo and Bruce Howden respectively.

Upon arrival, the group was received by the Ya-Fang Liu and Antonio Magan, two of the company managers, who explained the students what BTSA does, its history and the products that the company manufactures. Later, Ana Ugidos, CEO, and Diego Garcia, Quality Manager, conducted a guided tour of the factory, warehouse, laboratory and office, explaining to the students each stage of the production process and the business areas.

This was a very enriching experience for all, and also served to celebrate the 22nd birthday of BTSA Biotecnologías Aplicadas.