The annual competition discovered three outstanding, cutting-edge startups who will join Probiota 2020 in Dublin running from February 10th-12th. The winners -YOGUT-ME, Bioscience and Microgenesis were chosen by NutraIngredients' judges to be the most innovative entries which had found a truly promising solution to fill a gap in the market
BCD Biosystems, founded by a notable team of scientists in California, has discovered a way to catalogue natural carbohydrate structures to efficiently create and commercialize novel prebiotics, synbiotics and immuno-modulatory therapies for human and animal health.
The Argentine-Spanish startup Microgenesis - based on research conducted by Gabriela Gutiérrez and Agustina Azpiroz - the first functional and non-invasive test that identifies the miRNAs associated with bacterial and fungal dysbiosis that trigger autoimmunity in infertile patients.
YOGUT-ME, founded in Sweden, is creating the first smart machine which will enable consumers to make functional yogurts, with their choice of milk and added prebiotics and probiotics, at home.
The founders of each company will rub shoulders with major brands and industry players during the event and they will each get to take to the stage to present their business ideas, answer questions and hear feedback from the expert audience.
Probiota 2020 full program for the event is now available. Some of the brands set to attend include Chobani, Danone, L'Oreal, Yakult, Bayer Consumer Care, Solara Labs, Optibiotix, Stada, Abbott, Anlit, Biose, Mondel, Jarrow Formulas, Raisio and Walgreens Boots Alliance.
Leading voices confirmed for the event include:
Prof Francisco Guarner, University Hospital Vall d’Hebron
Dr Cormac Gahan, APC Microbiome Ireland
Professor Yolanda Sanz, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
Dr Greg Leyer, UAS Labs
Julian Mellentin, New Nutrition Business
Jen Thompson, Walgreens Boots Alliance
Ewa Hudson, Lumina Intelligence
Sheelagh Pentony, Kerry
Prof Glenn Gibson, University of Reading
Prof Paul Cotter, APC Microbiome Ireland
Kara Landau, Uplift Food
Katrina Borisjuk, Mondelez International
Kristina Campbell, KC Microbiome Communications
Lisa and Alana Macfarlane, The Gut Stuff
Dr Audrey Gueniche, L’Oreal Research and Innovation
Dr Luca Bucchini, Hylobates Consulting
Dr Olaf Larsen, Yakult Nederland and Assistant Professor, VU University
Dr Johanna Maukonen, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences
Dr Harriët Schellekens, APC Microbiome Ireland
Prof John Bienenstock, McMaster University
Prof Jonathan Swann, Imperial College London
George Paraskevakos, International Probiotics Association