Early Life Nutrition Agenda

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Conference Day 1

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

Conference Platform Opens

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. 

Betsy Fore, CEO, Tiny Organics

 

9:05am 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

9:35am PT

Wellness Break

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?

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

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

10:30am PT

Morning Extended Wellness Break & Networking

 

Oligosaccharides and Sugars in Early Life Nutrition

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

11:40am PT

Wellness Break

11:45am PT

Tour of Expo

12:10pm PT

Wellness Break

12:15pm PT

Presentation: Human Milk for VLBW Humans: Feeding in the First Few Weeks of Life Matters

  • Develop an understanding of the scientific rationale behind the benefits of exclusive human milk for VLBW infants
  • Recognize the importance of early enteral nutrition in these infants
  • Examine the evidence for avoiding cow milk products in VLBW infants

Melinda Elliott, CMO, Prolacta Bioscience

12:40pm 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 networking.

Precision Early Life Nutrition

1:10pm 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?
  • Which baby stage could be most affected by precision nutrition, and where could precision nutrition have the most impact on development and function?
  • What are the major hurdles to making personalized nutrition scalable, and what do we need from science and technology to further enhance this opportunity?

Michelle Muller, Co-Founder & CXO, Little Spoon

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

Betsy Fore, CEO, Tiny Organics

 

 

1:50pm PT

Wellness Break

1:55pm 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

2:50pm PT

Afternoon Extended Wellness Break

Dealing With Allergens

3:05pm 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

3:30pm PT

Wellness Break

3:35pm 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!

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

Kendall Glynn, Co-Founder, Square Baby

 

 

4:30pm 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

Conference Platform Opens

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

9:05am 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

9:30am PT

Wellness Break

9:35am 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 for the Center for Microbiome Innovation, The University of California, San Diego

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

Moderated by: Michelle Muller, Co-Founder & CXO, Little Spoon

10:25am PT

Morning Extended Wellness Break and Networking

The Future of Early Life Nutrition

10:40am 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

11:05am PT

Wellness Break

11:10am 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

11:35am PT

Wellness Break

11:45am 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 should Early Life Nutrition products look like in the future to be of maximum value to the consumer, healthcare professionals, and industry overall?
  • Should we be striving to formulate products as close to breast milk as possible, or could we create something even better? 
  • How do we improve our product offering for the transition phase from purees to solid foods?
  • Should we be moving away from bovine-based products to plant-based?
  • How can we ensure we’re not overly hyping products and ensure the scientifically-proven health benefits are recognized? 

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

12:40pm PT

Chair’s Closing Remarks Day 2

Michelle Muller, Co-Founder & CXO, Little Spoon

12:50pm PT

Close of Early Life Nutrition Summit

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