NutrEvent 2017 – Preliminary conference programme
The NutrEvent conference programme is designed to combine research innovation and market access and aims to develop the existing bridges built between the sectors involved.
The complexity of this constantly evolving market and increasing consumer needs requires these sectors to work together to propose adapted offers. The NutrEvent conference programme proposes to explore how to combine expertise, how to ensure the success of cross-sectorial collaborations and translational research and how to adapt to current market trends.
Innovation in 2017 will come from exchanging about evolving customer needs and research results and the resulting collaborative research and cross-sectorial collaborations. Organised around three tracks, panels will discuss the latest innovations in functional and active ingredients, market regulatory changes, traceability enhancement and food safety improvement. The additional benefits for both researchers and the industry of collaborating at every stage of development, from bench to market through cross-sector projects, will also be discussed.
PLENARY SESSION – What are the drivers for tomorrow’s innovation in Nutrition, Food and Health?
- Which innovations will shape the future of the sector?
- What are the market opportunities associated with these innovations?
- What is the role of the consumer in the industry’s evolution?
TRACK 1 – Sourcing innovation
This track will focus on how academic research is translated into innovation and how innovation can improve consumer health and prevent disease.
With microbiota as its focus, the sessions will highlight successful academic/industry collaborations and discuss cohort study results, functional ingredient development, new excipients and their properties in addition to the latest advances in processing and food safety.
- Many active compounds aim to influence the properties and functions of microbiota. However, the tremendous complexity of this ecosystem entails challenges in understanding the normal parameters of microbiota due to variations in demographics. What are the recent breakthroughs in the process of identifying and validating biomarkers which are features of a nutrition and health product?
- High pressure processing, high voltage protein treatment to improve PER, ohmic heating: How are these new technologies opening doors to industry collaborations? What are the advantages of these transformation processes in terms of sustainability, nutritional value and bioavailability? What have recent results in innovation taught us in order to obtain more active compounds?
The food, nutrition and health sector has long been nurtured by innovation stemming from other industries such as the feed or the chemical sectors. Collaborations within these different fields will increasingly fuel the pipeline of innovation in nutrition and health. Will this co-operation come from the biotech, IT or nanotech sectors?
Companies from the nutrition and health products all offer off the shelf products with additional functionalities in new indications and allegations. Is this a shorter route to innovation? What are the specificities of this incremental innovation? How do nutrition and health companies identify these complementary claims? Which methods do they favour in the process?tions)
TRACK 2 – Funding innovation
This track will focus on the road from innovation to market and the challenges and opportunities along the way.
Consumer market trends, regulatory evolutions, incremental innovations in ingredients and finding the right financing for innovation projects are just some of the topics to be covered.
Building on the venturing experience of our panelists, we will learn how corporate VC are stepping up to help disruptive innovation, and how it is an ideal way of serving the interests of all stakeholders in a sustainable manner: people, planet, profit.
- Made of Composed of VCs and startups, our panel will discuss the financing sources and expenditure available in Nutrition and health. Learning from the startups who successfully raised funds, and from VC who will give us the key elements to be attractive, this session will also discuss how are the new sources of proteins increasingly attractive for investors
TRACK 3 – Marketing innovation
This track will encourage debate about trending topics such as cross sectorial collaborations and the challenges encountered and case studies of successful projects.
Examples of discussions will include:
- Can the hard lessons learned from one field be transmitted to another for the benefit of all?
- Is the application of pharma clinical trials to nutrition a “false” good idea?
- Can active ingredients boost drug effects?
- How are the food and feed sectors collaborating on the development of new probiotics?
- Can Big Data lead to cross-sectorial projects?
- This preliminary programme is a draft working document that serves for internal use only – Not for external use Based on the results of studies on food supplement consumer perceptions, we will focus on identifying the profiles of these consumers and understanding their behavioral patterns and expectations. How has their behaviour evolved over recent years? How can we categorise food supplement consumers and can we draw a common portrait of these individuals?
With the backdrop of an increasingly strict European health claims landscape, is incremental innovation or new product development progressing? We will question the potential misuse of claims and regulations in healthy food marketing and discuss regulatory constraints and ethics.
- In the emerging era of personalized nutrition, many industrial players are trying to launch products with specific advantages for population categories according to their age. What are the successes and downfalls of this strategy?
- Emerging India, raising China: What are the health issues, innovations and the regulations to be aware of before entering these markets? What opportunity do these two markets represent? Can we learn from the evolution of the European market to predict Asian market patterns or are assumptions to be avoided?