Our Updates

Angus Cultivated Beef Tasting at the Iceland Innovation Week

The Icelandic biotechnology company ORF Genetics and Ivy Farm Technologies, the English producers of cultivated meat, hosted a well-attended event at the Iceland Innovation Week, on May 16th, featuring interesting panel discussions and a tasting of cultivated beef.

Milestone Tasting of Cultured Meat in Europe

We at ORF Genetics, and Australian novel food innovators, Vow, are proud to announce the first of its kind cult​ured​ meat tasting in Europe on February 12th, 2024, featuring gourmet dishes created from the cells of Japanese quail. 

New volcanic event in Iceland

This morning a new volcanic eruption started when a fissure opened up in the vicinity of the town of Grindavík, where ORF Genetics’ Greenhouse is located.

Dr. Unnur Thorsteinsdottir Joins ORF Genetics

Dr. Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, Vice President of Genetic Research at Decode Genetics and Dean of the School of Health Science at the University of Iceland, has become a member of the board of ORF Genetics.

One Business, Becomes Two

Over the past year the management of ORF Genetics, has been working on a new vision and strategy for the company. The new strategy is based on the premises that the operation of ORF Genetics has progressed into two different paths that have enjoyed synergy over the years but are now facing greater opportunities in separate entities: BIOEFFECT with an independent operation for skin care products and ORF Genetics working independently on growth factors. Consequently, the operation has been split in two separate businesses.

In-field Trials in Canada 2022 Continue

ORF has applied for a CFRT permit for summer cultivation 2022 where the aim is to analyze the accumulation of animal-derived growth factors in bioengineered barley grains.

Confined in-field trial production of bioengineered barley

In May of this year ORF Genetics hf. sowed out bioengineered barley for experimental in-field cultivation at the site of The Soil Conservation Service of Iceland (SCSI) at Gunnarsholt in southern part of Iceland.

May 2021 - ORF’s Greenhouse is Safe From the Current Volcanic Eruption

Most of the world probably knows by now that there is an active volcanic eruption on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula. It all started on March 19, when lava started to burst through fissures in the Geldingadalir valley of Mount Fagradalsfjall on Iceland's southwestern tip. The volcano is about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the capital Reykjavik