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Gut balance and immune health – Webinar

Webinar-Gut balance and immune health – Webinar

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Date: Friday 15 May 2020 | Time: 14:00 (BST)
Webinar Information




Go-Live: Friday 15 May 2020 | Time: 14:00-15:00 (BST)

Good health begins in the gut, and given that 70 percent of the cells that make up the immune system are housed in the gut wall, consumers increasingly recognise the importance of supporting gastrointestinal health. Having a healthy microbiome is integral to immunity, heart health, cognition, mood, and other aspects of well-being. However, diet, medications and health challenges can adversely affect the gut, leading shoppers to seek products that can return them to homeostasis.

The digestive health space is rich in opportunities for brand holders and product developers to deliver innovative, effective products that support consumers’ health goals. Along with being proactive about digestive health, shoppers are savvy label readers and are looking for products with research-supported ingredients including probiotics, prebiotics, and more. Get the latest on the growth potential for this exciting category.

Presentations in this webinar:

Our gut microbiome and its role in immune health

In this webinar, you will meet Dr. Adam Baker, Director of Science, Human Health at Chr. Hansen, who will introduce you to the world of our human microbiome and how it changes throughout life. In the webinar, Dr. Baker will talk about the key role of probiotics and explore possible connections between gut microbiome and immune health.

When you attend this webinar, you will learn more about:

  • The amazing human microbiome
  • How our microbiome changes throughout life
  • How probiotics interplay with human microbiome
  • Possible connection between gut microbiome and immune health
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Adam Baker
Director of Science, Human Health
Chr. Hansen

Adam Baker leads the Human Health and Microbiome Research and Development team who are responsible for the research of current and next-generation probiotics, the development of technical in vitro and in vivo discovery platforms for mode of action research, and building a strong portfolio of scientific data to support Chr. Hansen’s commercial probiotic business. Adam focuses on the key role of bacteria throughout life and how these bacteria play key roles in our health. In particular on the gastro intestinal environment and clinical understanding of the interactions between the bacteria and the host microbiome at a molecular and clinically functional level.


L. rhamnosus CRL 1505: a new ally for strengthening the immune system

Probiotics have been shown to effectively reduce the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections (URTI)

Studies have shown that certain probiotics have preventative effects against bacterial and viral infections in the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts. In particular, the strain Lactobacillus rhamnosus CRL 1505 has demonstrated an important capacity to improve the immune system and digestive health.

When you attend this webinar, you will:

  • Discover probiotics' efficacy vs. infections
  • Get to know Lactobacillus rhamnosus CRL 1505 and its several benefits
  • Find out about a new business opportunity
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John Goebel
Chief Executive Officer, CSL ASIA PACIFIC
Sacco System
John Goebel is the CEO of CSL Centro Sperimentale del latte, Asia Pacific. He has lived in four Asian countries, with an extensive international career in consumer health, probiotics and consumer products. John has previously worked for companies such as SANOFI, DKSH and MARS. Goebel has held several senior management roles in the Asia Pacific region, with responsibilities of up to US$500 million in annual revenue. Currently, he leads the Asia Pacific arm of Sacco’s Health and Nutrition business unit, and works with a small, but dedicated team of professionals who collectively have over 85 years of experience in probiotics, vitamins and supplements in the region.  


The Prebiotic Market: Emerging Science, Trends and Opportunities

Prebiotics have emerged as key players in the digestive health and microbiome market – but many remain unaware of the true scope of the prebiotics as ingredients for human health and the innovation opportunities they can bring. In this short session, you will gain an introduction to prebiotic science, learn what trends have been driving the market, and where the biggest opportunities may be in the future.

When you attend this webinar, you will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of what a prebiotic is, types of prebiotics and the mechanisms behind them
  • Understand the landscape of current ingredients and trends
  • Walk away with a roadmap to the biggest areas for opportunity in the prebiotic and digestive health space
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Nathan Gray
Science and Technical Director
Global Prebiotic Association - GPA
Nathan Gray is an analyst and consultant with expertise in the food, nutrition and wellness sector. He is passionate about innovation and scientific discovery –  particularly in microbiome, sports nutrition and personalisation. Nathan is Science and Technical Director at the Global Prebiotic Association and owns UK-based consultancy Nutraceutic. He holds a BSc Human Bioscience – specialising in sports nutrition, immunology and science communication – plus an MA in Science Journalism. During his time as Senior Editor with William Reed, Nathan managed multiple publications and events including NutraIngredients, FoodNavigator, BeverageDaily, and Dairy Reporter, Probiota, Food Vision, the Sports Nutrition Summit and the NutraIngredients Awards. 


IPA Offers a Global Probiotics Overview

The global probiotic market has always been attractive, and has seen exponential growth in recent years. The new normal in this era of self isolation has brought about challenges but also opportunities. This presentation will focus and shed light on both perspectives.

When you attend this webinar, you will:

  • Gain insight on the global market
  • Explore sales data beyond 'brick & mortar'
  • Review old and new probiotic applications
  • Understand what happened with Lactobacillus
  • Take away why communication is key
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George Paraskevakos, MBA 
Executive Director
International Probiotics Association 
George Paraskevakos has been involved with the probiotic industry since 2007 where he served in various roles from business development to account management with a globally recognized probiotic producer. During this time, he also served on the IPA Board of Directors and had two (2) mandates as president before taking on the association’s leadership role as executive director in 2015. His passion for the probiotic industry is unequivocal and his persistence to have IPA continue being ‘The Global Voice Of Probiotics®’ has taken the association from 40 members when he took on the role to now over 100 international companies under his tutelage. He represents the International Probiotics Association in the media, to all probiotic industry stakeholders including government agencies and Codex, and in appearances at conventions, conferences, and other symposiums. 



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Editor’s Note: Looking for additional resources on Gut Health? Taylor & Francis, an Informa business, is offering a free preview chapter, “Gut Microbiota: In Sickness and in Health,” from the publication Health and the Gut: The Emerging Role of Intestinal Microbiota in Disease and Therapeutics; click here to learn more.