In vitro cell cultivation is a widely applied technology worldwide in the fields of pharmacology, cosmetics, diagnostics, and research, normally using foetal bovine serum (FBS) as a nutrition source. However, its use is subject to the limitations of high and constantly rising costs, and some ethical issues since the production process is mainly based outside of the European continent.

Lac2Lab takes milk close to its use-by date that otherwise would be disposed of, and converts it into cell culture products. The processed milk is bottled, frozen, and distributed to customers as an alternative to traditional FBS. The product exhibits an efficiency comparable to that of the existing reactant and can be obtained at limited cost, in line with the principles of the circular economy.


  • Arianna Palladini, biotechnologist and Doctor of Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Bologna at the University of Bologna, has accumulated over 15 years of experience in the field of cell cultures.
  • Lorenzo Ippolito is a chemical and process engineer and is currently on a work placement at Philip Morris.
  • Luca Bertolasi is specialized in international management and is currently on a work placement at Accenture.
  • Paride Acierno is a management engineer and currently on a work placement at Transmec, working in logistics.

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