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"Nutraceuticals and functional foods play intrinsic roles in the diets of an ever-growing number of people."

"The range of products now available with nutrition and health claims is vast and the number of conditions and diseases being addressed in the development of these products is ever growing"



SMi’s 11th annual Nutraceutical and Functional Food conference provides an unmissable opportunity to learn from and network with the key personnel in the world of nutraceuticals and functional foods. All aspects of the market from probiotics and nanotechnology to health claims and consumer trends will be covered. This must-attend event is crucial for anyone looking to further their understanding of key developments and technologies or network with leading members of this rapidly advancing market.

Key areas that will be covered:


  • Global perspectives and the evolution of functional foods

  • Marketing opportunities and challenges for functional foods

  • Understanding and communicating with today’s consumers

  • Current regulatory status of nutrition and health claims

  • Overcoming claims, labelling and policy issues

  • Clinical trials

  • Bridging traditional knowledge and modern medicine

  • Enhancing human nutrition

  • Nanotechnology

  • Probiotics

  • The development of functional beverages



Benefits of Attending:

  •  Discuss the challenges and developments in health claims legislation  
  •  Define the current market and what the future holds for the industry  
  • Gain an insight into developments in nanotechnology  
  •  Determine the key issues faced by the functional beverages sector  
  • Network with all the key personnel in the world of nutraceuticals and functional foods  



Managers, Heads and CEOs of:

  • Nutraceutical Companies

  • Nutritional scientists at pharmaceutical companies

  • R&D Departments involved with nutraceuticals and functional foods

  • Top nutraceutical and functional food FMCGs 

  • Functional Food Manufacturers

  • Companies involved in health claim legislations 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Peter McConville

Peter McConville, Vice President of Nutritionals R&D, GlaxoSmithKline

9:10 Micronutrient Bioavailability as a Function of Food Microstructure

Harry Van Der Hijden

Harry Van Der Hijden, Research Manager , Unilever

  • Optimisation of food microstructure for intestinal micronutrient delivery
  • Food processing
  • Microstructural analysis
  • Nutritional quality
  • Textural quality
  • In vitro micronutrient bioaccessibility
  • In vivo micronutrient bioaccessibility
  • 9:50 Update on the Implementation of the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation

    Aleksandra Wesolowska

    Aleksandra Wesolowska, Regulatory Advisor, European Advisory Services (EAS)

  • Update and impact on the industry:
  •  EFSA evaluations of art 13.1 claims
  • Art 13.5 and 14 claims
  • Nutrient profiles
  • Annex of nutrition claims
  • Conclusions and recommendations
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Not Just a Pretty Face

    Simon Parker

    Simon Parker, Medicines Classifier, MHRA

    The definition of a medicine explained.

    Acceptable and unacceptable claims.

    Medicinal by "function".

    Statutory procedures.

    11:40 Functional Food and Health Claims – How to Design a Clinical Trial

    Roberta Re

    Roberta Re, Nutrition Research Manager, Leatherhead Food Research

  • What are the guidelines?
  • How to make it successful
  • What are the issues?
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Panel Discussion

    Ann Godsell

    Ann Godsell, Managing Director, Ann Godsell Regulatory

    Aleksandra Wesolowska

    Aleksandra Wesolowska, Regulatory Advisor, European Advisory Services (EAS)

    Simon Parker

    Simon Parker, Medicines Classifier, MHRA

    Roberta Re

    Roberta Re, Nutrition Research Manager, Leatherhead Food Research

    14:30 Enhancing Human Nutrition for Health: Facts, Myths and Aspirations

    Siân Astley

    Siân Astley, European Communications Manager, Norwich BioScience Institutes

  • The right dietary choices can significantly reduces an individual’s risk of age-related diseases but it clear that the benefits are not equal across the population
  • How do omic technologies offer nutrition research a route for understanding diet and human health?
  • Do we still need to know more about the nutritional content of our foods?
  • What are the risks and ethical considerations?
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 The Canadian Marketplace and Regulations for Dietary Supplements

    Anne Wilkie

    Anne Wilkie, Senior Regulatory Strategy & Policy Advisor, Dicentra

    ·         Market opportunities and challenges in expanding a dietary supplement business

    ·         Overview of the Canadian natural health product market

    ·         Summary of Natural Health Product Regulations and the associated regulatory requirements,

    ·         Master Files for ingredient suppliers and labeling requirements

    ·         Site Licensing for importation and possible compliance and enforcement measures to be adopted by Health Canada in the near future

    16:20 The Environmental Landscape of Food and Nutrition in the US

    Elizabeth Rahavi

    Elizabeth Rahavi, Associate Director, Health and Wellness, International Food Information Council (IFIC)

  • What is driving current consumer interest in health and wellness
  • How will changes to U.S. dietary guidance recommendations impact food and health
  • Determine opportunities for new food and beverage product innovations in the marketplace
  • How to communicate with consumers about health and wellness product innovations
  • 17:00 Functional Food & Beverage Trends & Opportunities: A Market Overview

    Luckshie Haran

    Luckshie Haran, Principal Consultant, Consumer Consulting, Datamonitor

  • Market context: major drivers and inhibitors shaping market evolution
  • Functional products and consumer lifestyles: effectively meeting consumer needs and expectations
  • NPD trends and implications: learning from best-practice in formulation and marketing
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Peter McConville

    Peter McConville, Vice President of Nutritionals R&D, GlaxoSmithKline

    9:10 Prospects of the Functional Food Market

    Beat Mollet

    Beat Mollet, IP Manager, Nestlé Research Center

    ·         The challenges ahead

    ·         R&D approach to address those challenges

    ·         Examples and future trends

    ·         Personalized nutrition

    9:50 Controlling Iron and Iodine Deficiencies through Supplementation and Fortification

    Michael Zimmermann

    Michael Zimmermann, Laboratory for Human Nutrition, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH

  • Iron
  • Do iron requirements/recommendations need to be modified for overweight/obese persons?
  • Iron fortification of margarine: a new opportunity to supply adequate iron to young women in Europe
  • Iodine
  • Iodized salt is not enough
  • Iodine fortification of infant foods
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Sports and Energy; The Functional Beverages Market

    Peter McConville

    Peter McConville, Vice President of Nutritionals R&D, GlaxoSmithKline

  • Challenges
  • Opportunities
  • Review of the nascent shot market
  • 11:40 Future Directions for Nutritional and Therapeutic Research in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

    Philip Calder

    Philip Calder, Professor of Nutritional Immunology, University of Southampton

  • Dietary sources and intakes of long chain w-3 fatty acids
  • W-3 status in human blood and cells and how this may be altered
  • The impact of w-3 fatty acids on human health – mechanisms involved - cvd focus
  • Strategies to increase long chain w-3 fatty acid status
  • Timely questions
  • EPA vs DHA
  • Plant w-3 fatty acids (a-linolenic acid & stearidonic acid)
  • Genotype-specific responses
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Nutrition & Immunity: A Brief Overview.

    Parveen Yaqoob

    Parveen Yaqoob, Reader in Cellular & Molecular Nutrition, University of Reading

  • Relationship between diet and immunity
  • Why nutrients affect immune function
  • Why the interaction between nutrition and immunity becomes increasingly important as we get older
  • How to assess immune function
  • What does it take to make a claim about dietary components and immune function?
  • 14:10 Nanotechnology in Foods: Why Are We Downsizing Micronutrients?

    Dora Pereira

    Dora Pereira, Research Scientist, MRC Human Nutrition Research




  • Nanotechnology applications in food supplements - outlook
  • Gut exposure to dietary nanoparticles
  • Nanominerals: are they important in nutrition?
  • Case study: Iron deficiency anaemia and iron
  • Safety of nanoparticles in the gut: is size everything?
  • 14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 Omega -3 fatty acids, Cardiovascular Disease and the Metabolic Syndrome

    Andrew Salter

    Andrew Salter, Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry, University of Nottingham

  • How important is Omega-6/Omega -3 ratio?
  • EPA vs DHA
  • Re-evaluation of the effects of short chain omega-3 fatty acids
  • Omega-3 fatty acids as a treatment for Non-alcohol fatty liver disease
  • 16:00 New Developments in Ingredients for Healthy Nutrition

    Manfred Eggersdorfer

    Manfred Eggersdorfer, Senior Vice President, DSM Nutritional Products

  • Understanding the function of nutrition and micronutrients
  • Consumer interests for a healthy life, well-being and healthy aging
  • New science and technologies to identify and develop new ingredients for functional food
  • Examples for innovative concepts/solutions with health beneficial ingredients which are already on the market or in development
  • 16:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two



    Protecting Product Innovation

    Protecting Product Innovation

    Copthorne Tara Hotel
    27th October 2010
    London, United Kingdom

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    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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