This event is for SMEs and larger companies working in the food, nutraceutical and health industries who are developing and/or marketing solutions to improve human gut health. Delegates will learn about the science, product innovation and global/local market trends in food, supplements and nutraceuticals for gut health including the impact of food on the gut microbiota.

  • $200

    Full registration

  • $150

    Early bird registration

    Before 1 July 2019


Kim Anastasiou

Event date: 03Sep 2019

Tuesday 3 - Wednesday 4 Sep 2019

CQ Functions

  • 9.00am (3 Sep) - 12.30pm (4 Sep)

113 Queen St, Melbourne VIC
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Program Overview

Day 1: Examine the challenges that key international and national companies have faced to deliver substantiated foods/nutraceuticals or services aimed at better supporting the gut health and wellbeing. Funding and grant opportunities available to support the development and substantiation of innovative products for gut health and wellbeing will be discussed.

Day 2: An interactive forum to discuss and learn about the challenges faced by companies. This day will assist companies to better identify their needs in innovative product development and how to confirm the health benefits of the gut health products they currently manufacture or market.


Early bird (before June 1st): $150
Full cost: $200


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Time Activity
Day 1 - 3rd September 2019
9:00 Arrival
9:30 Welcome
A/Prof Bev Muhlhausler, CSIRO Nutrition & Health Research Director
Session 1 - Global market trends in foods and nutraceuticals to support gut health
9:40 Current and future drivers behind the growth of gut health trends in South East Asia
Key international innovative products to improve gut and digestive health and where opportunities for South East Asia
Market opportunities to support gut health of consumers – an Australian perspective
Dr Geoffrey Annison, Australian Food and Grocery Council
11:00 Morning refreshments
Session 2: Linking nutrition and the microbiome
11:30 Gut dysfunction, diet & non-communicable disease
Prof. Catherine Stanton, University College Cork, Ireland
12:30 From ideas to global market: CSIRO case studies of nutrition and gut health
Dr Damien Belobrajdic, Research Scientist, CSIRO Health and Biosecurity
12:45 Microbiome-mediated interventions for disease prevention and therapy
Dr Michael Conlon, Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Health and Biosecurity
13:00 Lunch
Session 3 - Overcoming Manufacturing & Marketing Challenges in the Food & Nutraceutical Industries
13:45 Pathway to launching successful gut health products
Cameron Turner, Progel CEO; Entrepreneur in Residence and Lecturer, UQ Business School
Australian SME case studies
Robert Burbury, CEO, The Healthy Grain
Dr Luke Holtham, Chief Partnerships and Corporate Development Officer, Microba
15:15 Afternoon Break
Session 4: Funding schemes to create new foods/nutraceuticals for gut health in Australia
15:45 Funding opportunities for SMEs with CSIRO and beyond
Dr George Feast, CSIRO SME Connect
Funding opportunities with FIAL and beyond
Dr Barry McGookin, General Manager Innovation, Capabilities and Skills, FIAL
Fundraising for commercialisation - key learnings
Dr Anthony Musumeci, Investment Manager, Uniseed
Panel Discussion
17:00 Networking Drinks
Day 2: 4th September 2019- Concurrent Workshops
9:00 Session 1: Industry challenges and opportunities in dietary fibre, probiotic and microbe-based formulations in health
Dr Julie Clarke & Prof. Catherine Stanton
Session 2: Novel food processing for bioavailability
Dr Natalie Luscombe-Marsh
Session 3: To be selected from delegate preferences upon registration
9:45 Sessions 1, 2 and 3 repeated
10:30 Morning refreshments
11:00 Session 4: Health claims on food labels and advertising
Dr Welma Stonehouse, Dr Malcolm Riley & Dr Geoffrey Annison
Session 5: Beverages, snacks, ready meals and biowaste for gut health
Prof Mahinda Abeywardena, David Monck & Mintel
Session 6: To be selected from delegate preferences upon registration
11:45 Sessions 4, 5 and 6 repeated
12:30 Closing Remarks and lunch

Science areas: Health and Biological sciences

Event type: Conference or seminar