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Making healthy and nutritious cell-based meat accessible to all in Africa Healthy and nutritious meat grown from free-roaming livestock and antelope Major contributor to biodiversity conservation Same meat, different pipeline

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Cultured meat is a giant leap forward in meat production as the global nutritional demand increasingly exceeds agricultural production capacity placing untold strain on the natural environment and resources

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To drive innovation in cell cultivated meat production  in southern Africa.


Through advanced bio-technologies we will provide affordable healthy and nutritious cell cultivated meat products to a growing population, to the benefit of animals, people and the planet.


To innovate and augment traditional food supply chains, proactively address UN SDG challenges, and support the conservation of Africa’s biodiversity for future generations.

What is important to us

  • Ensuring all citizens have access to high-quality meat
  • Cementing food security in Africa by producing locally grown meat
  • Preserving Africa’s rich wildlife reserves and heritage
  • Animal welfare and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Supporting the agricultural sector through job creation
  • Human capital development through education and knowledge transfer
  • Respecting African agricultural traditions
  • Being a torchbearer for African Innovation and Scientific Research


The word Mogale means – The Brave One – (

Meet The Team that is making this happen


Dr. Paul Bartels

CEO / Founder

Paul is a wildlife veterinarian with over 25 years experience in biobanking, cell culture and assisted reproduction technologies. He was the founder of the Wildlife Biological Resource Centre which later became the SANBI National Biobank. He is a recipient of a National Science and Technology Forum’s Science Engineering & Technology Award (2006/7) as well as the African Entrepreneurship Award (2017). Mogale’s roots stem from Paul’s passion for conservation and contributing to a sustainable future for Africa.

Dr. Sheena Fraser


Sheena is a founder of Quorus Biotech and co-inventor of Quorus’ patented biomimetic bioreactors and high-fidelity automated bioprocess technology. She has over 20 years bioprocessing and biomanufacturing experience using traditional and non-traditional cell cultivation technologies, specialising in shear-sensitive cell growth and productivity. Her extensive expertise extends to product design, prototyping, regulatory compliance, techno-economics, IP strategy and commercialisation.

Dr. Elize Venter

CCO / Co-founder

Elize has her Doctorate in Conservation Education. Her doctoral study took her to Uganda in central Africa and Borneo in the far-east. She has over the past decade worked on higher education training programmes focusing on behavioural change methodologies. She has extensive experience in developing environmental and health programmes, project management, stakeholder engagement, and policy planning, implementation and advocacy.

Shanitha Govender


Shanitha has over 20 years’ experience in Finance Management and Accounting. She is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants ACMA, Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Shanitha has extensive experience in group consolidations, budget development, board reporting, financial statements, contractual reviews, financial compliance and audits and has worked in the private, public and non-profit sectors. She has managed the finances and reporting requirements on various international and locally funded projects.

Matthew Barwick


Matthew is a Biomedical Scientist and has extensive experience Stem Cell biology and Recombinant Protein Expression and Isolation. As a laboratory manager, he has had experience in designing and managing research projects and training students. Matthew has a passion for scientific research, our natural environment and more specifically wildlife conservation. He combines his expertise and interests in stem cell biology to explore the production of cell-culture meat to the benefit of people, animals and the environment.

Markus Labuschagne


Markus has extensive experience in the development and commercialization of a wide range of products in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. He has won numerous accolades during his career in bio-entrepreneurship including the prestigious ‘African Finance and Investment Forum’ and Pfizer’s ‘Health Entrepreneur of the Year’ award. He is currently a PhD candidate in Human tissue engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Expert Advisors



Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Academic Leader of Biotechnology in the School of Life Sciences, UKZN. 20 years experience in the area of stem cell research and application. Graduated more than 50 postgraduate students and published 35 internationally peer-reviewed articles.



Deputy Director, Health Services, City of Tshwane and Head of Health Operational Room for COVID-19 Pandemic. Policy development for wildlife meat legislation in South Africa, chairperson of the Gauteng Meat Forum. Appointed by DEKRA Germany as an ISO auditor and obtaining lead auditor status in ISO 22000.



Kathy Myburgh is a Distinguished Professor of Physiological Sciences at Stellenbosch University. She currently holds the South African Chair in Integrative Skeletal Muscle Physiology, Biology and Biotechnology. After completing her PhD at University of Cape Town in 1989, she did postdoctoral fellowships at Stanford University and University of California at San Francisco.

Our Ethos is Sustainability Driven

Our corporate culture is oriented around using cutting edge scientific research and innovation to improve the health, socio-economic and environmental impact of consumer meat products, one meal at a time.


Africa’s expanding population is rapidly outstripping our ability to supply affordable nutritious foods.  Cultivated meat has the potential to address food security and nutritional value without further large-scale land-use change.


Growth hormones and antibiotics in meat derived from factory farms disrupt normal metabolic processes and exacerbate antibiotic resistance, while zoonotic diseases are increasing due to the practices of factory farming and wet markets.


Livestock methane gas contributes more emissions than all the transport in the world put together. Further livestock production would exacerbate current rates and further degrade the environment.


Unrelenting land clearing and the planting of additional fodder crops needed to feed more livestock collectively eliminate untold wildlife habitats and biodiversity.

Join The Cultured Meat Revolution

Cultured Meat is a giant leap forward in meat production as the global nutritional demand increasingly exceeds agricultural production capacity placing untold strain on natural environments and resources.

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