Early Life Nutrition Agenda

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Conference Day 1

  • Wednesday, January 19th
Wednesday, January 19th
8:00am PT

Registration, Breakfast and Networking

9:00am PT

Chair’s Opening Remarks & Setting the Scene

An overview of the Early Life Nutrition space and introduction to the summit. We focus on the key challenges this space currently poses and what we want to achieve by the end of the summit to really accelerate the next generations of food, beverages and formula products to market. 

Kathy La Macchia, International Nutrition Lead, Kraft Heinz

9:10am PT

Keynote Presentation: The Journey of Early Life Nutrition and Setting the Right Future Path 

  • A look at the past journey of Early Life Nutrition.
  • A deepdive into the key factors that have shaken-up the early life nutrition space in most recent years.
  • Ways of ensuring the future of Early Life Nutrition is bright for consumers and the industry.

Andrew A. Bremer, Chief, Pediatric Growth and Nutrition Branch, NICHD/NIH

9:40am PT

Keynote Panel with Open Q&A: How are we defining success within Early Life Nutrition?

With such a diverse interest and success in the Early Life Nutrition Space, it is vital that we come together to discuss how we define success in the field and what the future holds for this ever changing and expanding space.  Join leading figures from across this field to tackle the key questions in Early Life Nutrition as they set the stage for the rest of the Summit.

  • What are the importance of HMO’s, probiotics and lipids and how do we successfully implement them into Early Life Nutrition?
  • How do we define success by precision nutrition for specific Early Life age groups?
  • How do we successfully combat allergies through Early Life Nutrition?
  • How do we shape composition of gut microbiome through pre and postnatal nutrition to have beneficial health implications?
  • What do we want the future of Early Life Nutrition to look like for consumers, the industry and health care professionals?

Lars Bode, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Mother Milk Infant Center of Research, UC San Diego 

Kathy La Macchia, International Nutrition Lead, Kraft Heinz

Andrew A. Bremer, Chief, Pediatric Growth and Nutrition Branch, NICHD/NIH

Michelle Muller, CEO, Little Spoon

Michael Goran, Professor of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

10:25am PT

Morning Refreshments

 

Oligosaccharides and Sugars in Early Life Nutrition

10:45am PT

Presentation: The Role of HMO’s in Breast Milk and the Optimum Oligosaccharide Composition

  • The importance of HMOs in breast milk and the positive impact they have on feeders.
  • Understanding the 150+ HMOs present in milk and the combined impact of these carbohydrates.
  • The optimum HMOs mix and concentration for Early Life Nutrition products. 

Lars Bode, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Mother Milk Infant Center of Research, UC San Diego

 

11:15am PT

Presentation: The Adverse Affects of Dietary Sugars on Health Outcomes in Early Life

  • A look at the adverse effects of dietary sugars on cognitive/brain development and other health outcomes.
  • Potential protective effects of oligosaccharides on adverse effects caused by dietary sugars.
  • Identifying modifiable factors that can be targeted for preventing obesity in Early Life.

Michael Goran, Professor of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

11:45am PT

Presentation: How to Establish, Maintain and Restore a Healthy Newborn Gut Microbiome?

  • How breastmilk shapes the infant gut microbiome.
  • Modern medical practices that have disrupted the infant gut, leading to short and long term health consequences.
  • How prompt intervention can restore the natural infant gut microbiome and its immune system training function.

Tim Brown, CEO, Evolve Biosystems

12:15pm PT

Lunch & Networking 

The Early Life Nutrition Summit includes an extended break in the middle of the day to give you ample time for lunch and another chance for open networking.

Precision Early Life Nutrition

1:15pm PT

Panel Discussion with Open Q&A: When will Precision Nutrition Become the Norm for Both the Consumer and Industry?

With precision nutrition a key part of breast feeding , it is crucial to discuss the importance of tailoring nutrition to specific individuals in Early Life Nutrition. Join multiple stakeholders as we strive to optimise the nutritional content of products to meet individual needs and combat environmental and diet disparities. Prepare to truly understand the real impact of precision nutrition for both the consumer and industry.

  • What does the precision of Early Life Nutrition mean for both the consumer and the industry?
  • How do we tailor Early Life products more to individual needs?
  • How can we optimise the nutritional content of the products for specific age ranges?
  • How does precision nutrition impact the transition of liquid to solid foods?
  • How does precision nutrition impact cognitive development and function amongst infants?

Michelle Muller, CEO, Little Spoon

Alexandra Boelrijk, Global Research and Pediatric, Innovation Director, Danone

Olivier Ballevre, Global R&D Personalized Nutrition Program, Nestlé

Betsy Fore, CEO, Tiny Organics

Jessica Thornton, Medical Science Liaison, RB/ Mead Johnson Nutrition 

 

2:10pm PT

Presentation: The Impact of Precision Nutrition on Health in Early Life

  • A look at the impact of precision nutrition on health in Early Life.
  • How we can be better in the future at tailoring products to promote healthier individuals .
  • An overview of some of the work at Danone focusing on precision nutrition.

Alexandra Boelrijk, Global Research and Pediatric, Innovation Director, Danone

2:40pm PT

Presentation: Catering For Each Stage of Development Amongst Newborns

  • The importance of the first 100 flavours by the age of two.
  • Understanding the significance of tailoring products to the nutritional needs of individuals at specific times in their development.
  • The future impact of precision nutrition on young individuals and what needs to happen now.

Betsy Fore, CEO, Tiny Organics

3:15pm PT

Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

Dealing With Allergens

4:00pm PT

Presentation: The Impact of Pre and Post Natal Nutrition on Allergic Disease Tolerance

  • A look at the impact of pre and postnatal diet on tolerance of allergic diseases amongst their offspring.
  • The optimal diet for mothers to promote allergic tolerance amongst their children.
  • The impact of Early Life Nutrition on the formulation of gut microbiome responsible for allergen tolerance amongst individuals.

Sam Ahn, Allergist & Immunologist, North Bay Allergy & Asthma Associates

4:30pm PT

Panel Discussion with Open Q&A: How Important Are Early Allergen Introduction Products in Early Life Nutrition?

With clear scientific evidence suggesting the introduction of foods and allergens between 6-12 months is essential for allergen tolerance, we look at the products entering the market and question if they are really hitting the mark. We discuss the type and timing of allergen required to best promote allergen tolerance and look deeper in how we can make allergen introduction easier for both consumers and mothers.  

  • How does the introduction of allergens as early as 4 months influence food allergy prevention?
  • What is the right time to introduce allergens and how important is introducing allergens one at a time? 
  • How much does the amount and frequency of allergen introduction for newborns matter?
  • How do we educate consumers on the importance of allergy introduction?
  • How can we make allergen introduction easier for consumers? 

Thomas Sferra, Chief Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, University Hospitals of Cleveland 

Daniel Zakowski, CEO, Ready, Set, Food!

Neil Shah, Chief Medical Officer Nutrition, RB/ Mead Johnson

Roberto Berni Canani, Chief Pediatric Allergy Programme, Department of Translational Medical Science

Kendall Glynn, Co-Founder, Square Baby

 

 

5:30pm PT

Chair’s Closing Remarks Day 1

Kathy La Macchia, International Nutrition Lead, Kraft Heinz

5:40pm PT

Close of Day 1 of the Early Life Nutrition Summit

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Conference Day 2

  • Thursday, January 20th
Thursday, January 20th
8:00am PT

Sign In, Breakfast & Nutrition

9:00am PT

Chair’s Opening Remarks Day 2

  • Recap of Day 1 – What lessons have been learned already and what discussions stood out?
  • A look ahead at Day 2 – What can we expect to learn today?

Michelle Muller, Co-Founder & CXO, Little Spoon

Gut Microbiome in Early Life

9:10am PT

Presentation: Gut Microbiome: The Role of Gut Microbiome During Early Life

  • The impact of environmental and parental factors on gut microbiome of infants.
  • The impact of colonization on healthy infant development.
  • Non-invasive methods of measuring infant development related to the gut microbiome.

Sharon Donovan, Director of Personalized Nutrition Initiative, University of Illinois

9:45am PT

Panel Discussion with Open Q&A: How Do We Foster Good Gut Health Through Early Life Nutrition?

With approximately 70% of the immune system housed in the gut, it is crucial to fully understand how we foster good gut health through Early Life Nutrition. We focus on three crucial time periods- pre, pro and probiotics and discuss how these stages impact the composition of gut microbiome and subsequent health implications. A look at how environmental and other factors influence gut microbiome is fundamental to promote the development of good gut health through Early Life Nutrition .

  • How do pre, pro and post biotics influence the gut microbiome?
  • How can future products incorporate specific bacteria in the gut to promote health benefits amongst consumers?
  • What specific components of Early Life Nutrition products actually regulate the development of the gut microbiome in infants?
  • How does nutrient intake in Early Life Nutrition impact the gut microbiome? 
  • Why do different cultures occupy different gut microbiomes and what does this mean for the industry?

Maria Rescigno, Full Professor, Humanitas University 

Andrew Bartko, Executive Director, The Center for Microbiome Innovation, UC San Diego

Sharon Donovan, Director of Personalized Nutrition Initiative, University of Illinois

Susan Hazels Mitmesser, VP Science & Technology, Pharmavite

10:45am PT

Morning Refreshments and Networking

The Future of Early Life Nutrition

11:30am PT

Presentation: The Transition From Purees To Table Foods… When Nutrition Falls Apart, What Can We Do To Prevent It?

  • How can we get better at the transition from purees to table foods?
  • What should the future of Early Life products incorporate, to fulfil the nutritional needs of infants?
  • How do we prevent nutrition within infants ‘falling apart’?

Jennifer Chow, Co-Founder, Nurture Life

12:00pm PT

Presentation: Plant Based and Animal Free Early Life Nutrition

  • The nutritional and ethical impact of moving away from animal based milks to plant based milks.
  • How can we ensure Early Life nutritional needs are maintained if we move towards plant based, animal free products?
  • The search for non bovine sources of nutrition.

Evelyn Ruisli, C0-Founder, Yumi

12:30pm PT

Presentation: From Frozen to Refrigerated to Shelf- Stable: How Does Food Processing Impact The Delivery of Benefits to Baby

  • The impact of processing foods on the nutritional content gained by the consumer.
  • How do frozen, refrigerated and shelf stable products differ in their nutritional content?
  • How should future foods be made to promote the maximum nutritional value?

Shibani Baluja, Founder and CEO, Lil’gourmets

1:00pm PT

Lunch

The Early Life Nutrition Summit includes an extended break in the middle of the day to give you ample time for lunch and another chance for open networking.

2:00pm PT

Panel Discussion with Open Q&A: What Should the Future of the Early Life Industry Look Like?

After 2 days of discussions, we bring together leaders from the different sectors of this exciting space to address the Future of Early Life Nutrition.  We discuss the efforts in the coming months needed to really accelerate the next generation of food, beverage and formula products to market. Examining the whole movement under the microscope, this is your last chance to ask your burning questions on all things Early Life Nutrition.

  • What do Early Life Products need to incorporate in the future to be of maximum value to the consumer, industry and health care professionals?
  • Should the industry goal continue to be formulating products as close to breast milk as possible or should we look to create something even better?
  • How can we get better at producing products for the transitioning feeding phase from purees to solid foods?
  • Is the movement away from bovine based products to plant based ones the right direction to go down?
  • How can we produce products in the future that actually have scientific health benefits rather than just hype of products?

Shibani Baluja, Founder and CEO, Lil’gourmets

Katie Thomson, CEO, Square Baby

Kristie Middleton, VP Business Development, Rebellyous Foods

Jennifer Chow, Co-Founder, Nurture Life

Serenity Carr, CEO and Co-Founder, Serenity Kids

Nadine Waldman, CEO & Founder, Little Tummy

2:45pm PT

Chair’s Closing Remarks Day 2

Michelle Muller, Co-Founder & CXO, Little Spoon

2:50pm PT

Close of Early Life Nutrition Summit

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