Working within El Segundo’s innovation department, Dr Lee’s analytical lab is focused on studying all aspects of plant-based meat development and production. Specifically, his team is responsible for testing proteins and other biomacromolecules, while furthering understanding of the structure-function relationship in building meat analogs from various plant sources.
As demand for Beyond Meat’s range of healthy, humane and sustainable food products increases, the company is always looking to expand its analytical and scientific capabilities via elemental analysis, microscopy, mass spectroscopy and mechanical testing. This is why Dr Lee’s lab invested in a rapid MAX N exceed nitrogen/protein analyzer from Elementar in 2019.
The company already uses equipment such as GCMS, LCMS, rheometer, SEM, CLSM, DSC, FTIR and texture analyzer systems to study how protein content, sequence and types correlate to the formation of texturized materials, which can then serve as building blocks for their plant-based meat. The rapid MAX N exceed system was purchased to perform nitrogen and protein analysis, facilitating rapid assessment of protein content found in different materials, and enabling the team to quickly evaluate ingredients and prototype new products and formulations.