Life Stages Theatre

The Life Stages Theatre is designed to focus on topics related to the specific nutritional needs and requirements at each life stage: Early Life, Adult Health and Healthy Ageing.

Industry representatives and academic speakers share their knowledge on topics including ingredients,  regulatory compliance and marketing strategies.

Life Stages Theatre 2019 Timetable

Early life


Wednesday 25th September, 11:00 - 12:50

Chair: Charlotte Bastiaanse, Associate Editor, Vitafoods Insights (UK)

11:00 - 11:30

Assessing the overall diet quality in 6 to 12-year-old Singaporean children

  • Sharing recent dietary habit data in Singaporean children     
  • Developing a greater understanding of diet quality scoring
  • Considering your role in improving food access and dietary habit

Speaker: Iain Brownlee, Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Nutrition & Health (Australia)

11:40 - 12:10

Human milk oligosaccharides and probiotics: Transforming infant nutrition and beyond

  • Global market and regulatory status of 2’fucossyllactose (2’FL), the most abundant HMO
  • What are the potential health benefits of the 7 most abundant HMOs?
  • What are the potential synergistic benefits with probiotics?

Speaker: Steen Lyck, Global Business Director HMO, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences (Denmark)

12:10 - 12:50

Human milk oligosaccharide: Exploring trends today and beyond

  • HMO is good for you
  • Reviewing infant formula and opportunities beyond
  • Outlining HMO's different functions

Speaker: Kentaro Yanashima, Project Manager, Kyowa Hakko Bio CO., LTD. (Japan)

Adult health


Wednesday 25th September, 13:00 - 16:50

Chair: Marion Schumacher, Content Manager, Informa Health and Nutrition (UK)

13:00 - 13:30

Evaluating how boysenberry combined with apple juice protects against chronic lung inflammation

  • Understanding of how improved diets result in better immune system responses to environmental threats      
  • Reviewing how specific compounds in food, particularly polyphenols, influence the immune system
  • Highlighting the processes involved in tissue repair and how they can be influenced by dietary changes to improve lung function

Speaker: Dr. Odette Shaw, Research Scientist, The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research (New Zealand)

13:40 - 14:10

Proactive health for positive ageing 

  • Ageing is associated with a decline in muscle, bone, cognitive, digestive and immune health as well as taste impairment     
  • Nutrient fortification with functional ingredients is key to optimising positive ageing by targeting specific needs and delivering health benefits
  • Enabling solutions for nutrition to taste good is key for positive ageing

Speaker: Aoife Marie Murphy, PhD, Nutrition Scientist, Kerry Taste & Nutrition (Ireland)

14:20 - 14:50

Recent developments in the weight management category

  • Past & present in weight management: Reviewing past mistakes and current developments      
  • What’s New? Recent trends in research & development of natural solutions for the obesity crisis
  • Evidence is key: Key points to consider for solid clinical evidence in the weight management category

Speaker: Matthias Miller, Managing Director, analyze & realize GmbH (Germany)

Chair: Matthias Miller, Managing Director, analyze & realize GmbH (Germany) 

15:00 - 15:30

Exploring natural Mediterranean fruit extracts to tackle the health challenges of ageing

  • Highlighting innovative, safe and effective fruit extracts to achieve healthy ageing and Mediterranean wellness values      
  • Reviewing 10 years of development of flagship pomegranate and olive extracts through summaries of 8 published studies and studies prepared for publication
  • Exploring recently launched fruit extracts, innovation, quality control, patent protection, and eco-friendly technologies for applications spanning from cardiometabolic support to hair and skin health

Speaker: Mr Andrea Zangara, Scientific Marketing Manager, Euromed (Spain)

15:40 - 16:10

Introducing the four stages of healing the gut

  • Learning about the latest research in gut health      
  • Discovering simple and practical ways to improve your gut
  • Reviewing how our diet and lifestyle can affect gut health in detail

Speaker: Lee Holmes, Director, Supercharged Food (Australia)

16:20 - 16:50

New insights and opportunities in the fast-growing APAC mobility market

  • Outlining that the decline in muscle health and mobility begins in our 30s which emphasises the importance of maintaining muscle health throughout adult life
  • Backed by clinically proven benefits, natural astaxanthin has emerged as an essential micronutrient for maintaining muscle health and mobility
  • Functional foods and beverages can serve as popular and effective ways of delivering health benefits for the APAC mobility market

Speaker: Dr. Yao Li, Business Development, AstaReal Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)

Healthy ageing


Thursday 26th September, 11:00 - 15:30

Chair: David Foreman, President, Herbal Pharmacist

11:00 - 11:30

Challenges and solutions to meet the nutritional needs of ageing populations in Asia

  • Understanding how ageing increases requirements for particular macro and micronutrients, but decreased food intake, leading to a formidable challenge
  • Considering fortification of foods with macro -, micronutrients and functional ingredients to “make every mouthful count”
  • Reviewing how targeted supplementation plays an important role in meeting nutritional requirements to prevent diseases and enhance health and well-being 

Speaker: Derrick Ong, Managing Director, Eat Right Nutrition Consultancy (Singapore)

11:40 - 12:10

Exploring 100% natural and clinically proven ingredients for in & out hydration and anti-ageing benefits

  • Introducing natural allergen-free phytoceramides from Konjac potato      
  • Highlighting sustainability as a locally sourced by-product of the food industry in Japan
  • Outlining clinically proven (oral & topical) improvement of the skin

Speaker: Emilie Danckaert, Technical Marketing Manager, Vidya Herbs (India)

12:20 - 12:50

Focusing on water soluble components of turmeric for joint health

  • Reviewing turmeric as one of the ancient herbs used in medicine, culinary and cosmetics     
  • Exploring water-soluble components and its health benefits
  • Exciting new opportunities in the application of the water-soluble fraction of turmeric for joint health management

Speaker: Dr Muruganantham, Deputy Manager - Business Development, Natural Remedies (India)

13:00 - 13:30

Adding life to years with bioactive collagen peptides

  • Exploring bioactive collagen peptides and their impact on well-being while ageing     
  • Focusing on the specific effects on bone health
  • Evaluating how skin can benefit from these peptides

Speaker: Josh Hemelaar, Vice President Sales - APA, Gelita (Thailand)

Chair: Matthias Miller, Managing Director, analyze & realize GmbH (Germany) 

13:40 - 14:10

Healthy ageing from a nutritional perspective

  • What does healthy ageing look like?      
  • Reviewing healthy ageing trends
  • Outlining how nutrition can support ageing and fill nutrition deficiencies in elderly

Speaker: Taichi Inui, Nutrition Science Advocacy Manager, DSM Nutritional Products  (Asia-Pacific Region)

14:20 - 14:50

Leaping over the mobility hurdle: New insights and therapeutic strategies

  • Reviewing the prevention and management for sarcopenia, providing insights on nutrition and physical activity to help address a mobility meltdown     
  • Exploring how muscles contribute to a wide range of systemic mechanisms and influence the ageing process
  • Learning how Myokines participate in overall health. How important are they and how can they be switched on?

Speaker: Robert Corish M.D., Global Medical Advisor, Biointelligence Group (New Zealand)


15:00 - 15:30

Evaluating cGP, the key brain nutrient for the ageing body & mind

  • Reviewing why people with normal levels of cGP have better chance of better health and an active lifestyle as they age      
  • Understanding the plant based natural solutions for body and mind while ageing
  • Providing an overview of the research and clinical trials to date and their implications

Speaker: Jim Grierson, Managing Director and ShareholderVitality Wellness (New Zealand)

Industry and Academic Expert Speakers Including:

Steen Lyck

Global Business Director HMO, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences

Wednesday 25 September

"Early Life"

Aoife Marie Murphy, PhD

Nutrition Scientist, Kerry Taste & Nutrition

Wednesday 25 September

"Adult Health"

Taichi Inui

Nutrition Science Advocacy Manager, DSM

Thursday 26 September

"Healthy Ageing"

Early Life Stage Sponsors:

Adult Health Stage Sponsors:

Healthy Ageing Stage Sponsors: