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Pushing the boundaries: New science to push maternal and infant innovation

This session will look at how new scientific discoveries and emerging areas of research are impacting the innovation and NPD process. From the growing commercial and academic interest in the microbiome, to the growing focus on human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) and the importance of maternal diet for baby’s health and wellness in the long term, this session will look at where new findings from the lab and public health are showing there is a gap for innovation in the marketplace.

  • Will Chu
  • Will Chu
  • Science Editor
  • NutraIngredients.com
  • LinkedIn Will Chu

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HMOs: A New Frontier in Infant Nutrition

While human milk remains the best option for nourishing infants, not all parents are able to feed their babies breast milk. Scientific evidence suggests that human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs), the third-most-abundant solid component of breast milk, promote infant health by supporting digestive, immune, and cognitive development through changes to the microbiome. Research also indicates that commercially produced HMOs, such as CARE4U™, can mimic some of the health-promoting effects of the HMOs present in human milk, helping to close an important gap between human milk and infant formula. HMOs are highly bifidogenic prebiotics that help create a Bifidobacteria-rich microbiome. The synergistic effect between HMOs and Bifidobacteria strains that can utilize HMOs as a carbon source, as well as HMOs’ complementary health effect with other probiotics, is an important development in maternal and early life nutrition.

In their presentation, Steen and Ratna reveal key findings from studies that investigate the impact and benefits of HMOs, with a focus on 2’-fucosyllactose (2’-FL), the most abundant HMO found in human milk; they will also discuss the commercial potential for and impact of this important innovation in infant nutrition.

  • Ratna Mukherjea
  • Ratna Mukherjea
  • Global R&D Leader and Technical Fellow
  • DuPont Nutrition & Health
  • Steen Lyck
  • Steen Lyck
  • Global Business Development Leader for Cultures | Probiotics | Food Protection
  • DuPont Nutrition & Health
  • LinkedIn Steen Lyck

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Protein : between quantity and quality, how to satisfy the specific needs of infants ?

Today, it is recognized that the first 1 000 days of early life are decisive for the development of children and their future health and, it appears, that protein intake plays and important role. Protein, nitrogen and amino acid requirements change rapidly during this period; it is therefore essential to be able to adjust the intake according to metabolic specificities of new-borns.
Results of scientific literature are still conflicting about the ideal amount for infants. Beyond the quantitative aspect, it’s crucial to take into account the protein quality and the amino acid composition, in order to perfectly meet the needs of children during their development.
Lactalis Ingredients, which has been working for more than 15 years on protein quality optimization, proposes to review the protein requirements (from pregnancy to food diversification including preterm infant) through scientific literature.


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Impact of perinatal food on growth and development

Nutrition during perinatal life can influence development, and may result in long-lasting adaptations of immune, metabolic and brain functions in later life, a phenomenon known as nutritional programming. The presentation will illustrate this concept with two nutritional research programs. The first study focuses on a prebiotic supplementation with short-chain fructooligosaccharides (scFOS, Actilight®) in the maternal diet as a positive nutritional strategy to prevent later offspring susceptibility to metabolic disorders. The second one evaluates the impact of a milk formula containing maltodextrin (Maldex® G190), historically known as safe, on cognitive development.


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Shaping product development: Parental engagement & optimum infant nutrition

This session will explore the development of the sector by looking at how infant nutritional requirements have shaped product development, particularly how brands achieve this in line with the WHO Code of marketing and other relevant codes of conduct.

The session is keen to explore how infant and maternal nutrition manufacturers address parental needs and misconceptions. What are they are doing well and what else could they do to better communicate the key messages used to promote products?

This panel discussion will bring together experts in public health nutrition to discuss the strategies that best support families and early-life nutrition, garnering new insights that can help businesses achieve success in the maternal and infant market.