Competition winners announced: Startups get golden tickets to Probiota 2020

By Nikki Hancocks

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Tine Rask Licht, from the Technical University of Denmark, presenting at Probiota 2019
Tine Rask Licht, from the Technical University of Denmark, presenting at Probiota 2019

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Three trailblazing microbiome-focused startups will get to showcase their business ideas to hundreds of industry experts at Probiota 2020 next month after winning NutraIngredients' Probiota Pioneers competition.

The annual competition has once again discovered three outstanding, cutting-edge startups who will join our three day event in Dublin running from February 10th-12th. 

The winners - YOGUT-ME​, BCD 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 commercialise novel prebiotics, synbiotics and immuno-modulatory therapies for human and animal health.

Spanish startup Microgenesis has developed the first functional and noninvasive test that identifies miRNAs associated with bacterial and fungal dysbiosis that trigger autoimmunity in unfertile 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​ 

The full programme for the event is now finalised and available​. 

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Probiota 2019

Some of the brands set to attend include Chobani, Danone, L'Oreal, Yakult, Bayer Consumer Care, Solara Labs, Optibiotix, Stada, Abbott, Anlit, Biose, Mondelēz, 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, Mondelēz International
  • Kristina Campbell, KC Microbiome Communications
  • Lisa and Alana Macfarlane, The Gut Stuff
  • Dr Audrey Gueniche, L’Oréal 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

More than just a conference

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The Probiota Event Series prides itself not only on providing the best scientific and business strategy content, but on bringing people together and connecting those who may never usually meet. By providing unrivalled networking opportunities both within the structure of the programme and at our evening receptions, Probiota has helped to forge new relationships and build a strong community of probiotic, prebiotic and microbiome specialists who continue to scientific discovery and product innovation in the sector.

This year is no different, with multiple formal and informal opportunities to meet your peers during the three-day summit including round-table lunches, speed networking sessions, welcome reception, and an evening at the Guinness Storehouse!

Also on the agenda for the first time ever is a chance to join the Kerry Innovation Centre Tour. Delegates will have the opportunity to see Kerry’s Global Technology & Innovation Centre, enjoy a catered networking lunch, and hear from industry experts on nutrition trends, the science of taste, and future innovations in the food and beverage.

Dublin calling

"I’m delighted that Probiota is heading to Dublin this year. Ireland is such a hotbed of microbiome-related activities – with a huge amount of clinical research, innovative start-up businesses, and major industry players all based close by,” ​said NutraIngredients senior editor Nathan Gray.

"Probiota has always been about connecting ideas and people in the science and business related to probiotics, prebiotics and the microbiome — providing that central point of exchange. Last year was a sell-out event, with tickets running out well ahead of the event. I’m very excited about what we have in store for 2020 and can’t wait to sell out again!”

“Some of the greatest names in the world will be coming together in an exciting line up of speakers. With such a great first wave of speakers already unveiled, I’m very excited to reveal more speakers and our full programme very soon.” 

The event is being supported by a raft of big name sponsors.

  • Kerry
  • UAS Laboratories
  • DuPont Nutrition USA
  • Atlantia Food Clinical Trials
  • Morinaga Milk Industry
  • Probiotical Healthcare
  • Bifodan
  • Lesaffre
  • Prodigest
  • Sensient Global BioNutrients
  • Probi AB
  • KGK Science
  • Capsugel Belgium NV
  • Centro Sperimentale del Latte
  • Roelmi HPC
  • Procelys
  • AB-Biotics
  • Nutrasource Diagnostics
  • Winclove
  • AnaBio
  • APC Microbiome Ireland
  • Biosearch Life
  • Lumina Intelligence
  • Symprove

Gray added: “We are very grateful for the support shown by our sponsors, and for the high-level of industry knowledge and insights they bring to Probiota.”

Register now for Probiota 2020!

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