Professor Nurit Argov-Argaman is a senior lecturer at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the Hebrew University. Her field of expertise is lactation physiology and milk quality, topics she has been researching for the last 14 years.
Her academic focus is on the metabolic regulation of milk composition, with the aim of increasing the production efficiency of milk solids and product quality in terms of a positive health effect on people. Nurit completed her BSc, MSc and PhD in Animal Sciences at the HU Faculty of Agriculture and conducted her post-doctoral research at the University of California, Davis.
Bio Milk was founded in 2018 based on 10 years of research that Nurit and Hebrew University colleague Prof. Maggie Levy conducted into the milk production process. The company has patents on laboratory production processes that mimic the milk of multiple farm animals, and is capable of producing milk in laboratory settings. Bio Milk is also working on replicating human milk under laboratory conditions. Breast milk contains some 2,500 components and is the most suitable food for human babies. Formula differs significantly from it, and raises the child’s risk for metabolic conditions throughout their life, such as developing Type 2 diabetes or being overweight.