Driving Opportunities in the Microbiome Space Schedule

Below you'll find the #winthemicrobiome schedule. We'll update this page regularly with new speakers and sessions, so be sure to keep checking in!
Tuesday October 20: Understanding the game: The science and technology of gut health and the microbiome

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Event moderators Maggie Jaqua, Editor-in-Chief, WholeFoods Magazine, and Nathan Gray, Science & Technical Director, Trust Transparency Center, welcome you to the event and set the scene for two days of learning and networking.

[KEYNOTE] Understanding the Microbiome in the Era of Precision Medicine

[KEYNOTE] Understanding the Microbiome in the Era of Precision Medicine

The human microbiome is quickly being recognized as a dynamic part of the human ecosystem, and research is starting to demonstrate that using ecology to understand this ecosystem has profound benefits for patient wellness. The immune system controls our interaction with the microbial world, and yet the microbial communities in our bodies are central to modulating the immune response. Changes in the human microbiome have substantial influence on atopy, neurological disorders, metabolic disorders, and a range of complex conditions and disease states. We will discuss evidence of these mechanisms of interaction and how we have started to disturb the delicate balance of the immune-microbe equilibrium, impacting the development and function of our immune systems. Applying new strategies to identify how the microbial ecosystem correlates with diseases states and treatment efficacy through Microbiome-Wide Association Studies (MWAS) is altering the trajectory of precision medicine and providing a new framework for facilitating patient care. However, to date there are still no FDA approved microbiome related therapies, pointing to concerns about over-promising of microbiome as a real treatment strategy. There is considerable concern about the need to move beyond studies that identify correlations between the microbiome and disease, toward intervention trials that will actually explore specific mechanistic relationships. It truly is time to start delivering on the promise of the microbiome.

Translating Emerging Research Into Practical and Clinically Relevant information: Clinical Guide to Probiotics Model

Translating Emerging Research Into Practical and Clinically Relevant information: Clinical Guide to Probiotics Model

Interest in probiotics and research in this field is currently in the ‘exhilaration phase’. At the same time, it has been observed that patients and consumers are choosing and using probiotics indiscriminately. Efforts have been made to enable clinicians and assist with the selection of appropriate probiotic for the desired outcome. We will discuss the model and the process of annual updates of the Clinical Guide to Probiotic Products in North America.

Postbiotics: What are they and how do they work?

Postbiotics: What are they and how do they work?

Special thanks to Premier Sponsor Stratum Nutrition for underwriting this session.

Sports, Athletics and the Microbiome – Does it Matter?

Sports, Athletics and the Microbiome – Does it Matter?

The goal of this session is for the attendee to understand and be able to describe how being an exerciser or athlete on its own may lead to a different gut microbiome as compared to a sedentary non active individual. Additionally, the attendee will be able to discuss how diet and beverage intake too on their own impact the gut microbiome. By attending this session, you will be able to understand the gut microbiome within the sports and active consumer and why some belief that the athlete’s microbiota is a healthier one that others should aim to replicate for overall general health. Thank you Champion Sponsor Nutrasource for underwriting this session.

[Keynote] Your Guide to a Complete Microbiome Makeover

[Keynote] Your Guide to a Complete Microbiome Makeover

In this keynote, Dr. Pescatore cuts through all the hype to focus on what really triggers an imbalanced microbiome. The goal is to get back to the basics and understand how to heal the gut—and optimize overall health—from the inside out. This talk will reveal the biggest microbiome mistake people make, and focus on the monumental role diet plays in the state of the microbiome.

Probiotics and Prebiotics: Problems Versus Solutions

Probiotics and Prebiotics: Problems Versus Solutions

As with all medicines and supplements, nothing is perfect. In this presentation, I will outline some key problems with how probiotic studies are designed and reported, and how some products are promoted. I will discuss solutions and the need to reach people in greatest need, as well as other life forms that can benefit from beneficial microbes.

  • 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM EST

Interactive Roundtable Sessions

Join experts for moderated small-group discussion on key topics. Pick your session based on your interest and role. Click the button below to reserve your spot.

Day 1 Roundtables have concluded.  

Considering the oral microbiome as a target for future immune formulations

Moderated by Alexis Collins, Product Manager, Stratum Nutrition, and Dr. John Hale, Chief Technology Officer (Science), Blis Technologies Ltd.


Pre or Pro – which one has the most potential?

Moderated by Maggie Jaqua, Editor-in-Chief, WholeFoods Magazine, and Len Monheit, Executive Director, GPA

The Microbiomes of the Body – Dietary & Lifestyle Influences

Moderated by Dr. Douglas Kalman, Ph.D., R.D., FISSN, FACN, Vice President of Scientific Affairs, Nutrasource, and Loren Brown, Director of Business Development – U.S. Regulatory and Clinical Development, Nutrasource

Wednesday, October 21: Winning the game: Commercialization strategy and routes to market success
[PANEL] State of the Nation: Consumer demands, market trends & drivers

[PANEL] State of the Nation: Consumer demands, market trends & drivers

Find out how the category continues to evolve and grow as consumers gain awareness on the benefits of supporting the microbiome for overall health. This panel of industry experts will share the latest data on consumer trends, including insights on how COVID-19 impacting demand. Join the conversion to get your questions answered.

Gut – Immune – Brain Connection: The Importance of Prebiotics and Probiotics to Maintain Resilience

Gut – Immune – Brain Connection: The Importance of Prebiotics and Probiotics to Maintain Resilience

Thank you Champion Sponsor Wakunaga for underwriting this session.

[PANEL] Winning Strategies: Innovating & communicating in the microbiome

[PANEL] Winning Strategies: Innovating & communicating in the microbiome

Hear from retailers, influencers, and brands on how to offer up the products consumers want, and how to engage and drive sales. The experts will discuss how to effectively communicate with consumers without crossing any lines. Join in live to ask your questions and share your own efforts and ideas to help educate and inspire others.

Case Study: Curcumin and Microbiome Modulation

Case Study: Curcumin and Microbiome Modulation

Special thank you to Champion Sponsor Sabinsa for underwriting this session.

  • 12:45 PM - 1:15 PM EST

Interactive Roundtable Sessions

Join experts for moderated small-group discussion on key topics. Pick your session based on your interest and role. Click the button below to reserve your spot.

Please select your roundtable for Day 2. Once you sign up you will receive an email confirmation with login credentials. This is separate from your overall event access. 



What Drives Probiotic Supplement Choice?

Moderated by Michael Modjeski, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Wakunaga of America, Co., Ltd.



Curcumin – Role in Gut Health

Moderated by Dr. Anurag Pande, Vice President, Scientific Affairs, Sabinsa

Making Gut Health and Microbiome a Priority in FMCG and Center Store

Moderated by Nathan Gray, Science & Technical Director, Trust Transparency Center

Microbiome Marketing During COVID-19: Best Practices Do’s and Don’ts

Moderated by Nancy Trent, President, Trent & Company, Inc. Marketing Communications

[PANEL] Claims and Enforcement: An overview

[PANEL] Claims and Enforcement: An overview

This panel of legal, regulatory, and retail experts in the U.S. and UK will offer an up-to-date overview of claims related to the microbiome, covering pre, pro, post, synbiotics. Tune in for examples of what can--and cannot--be said, with a special focus on the immune category to help industry members navigate this complex topic.

[PANEL] The New frontier? AI and personalization in the microbiome space

[PANEL] The New frontier? AI and personalization in the microbiome space

Designing specialized food and supplement recommendations based on a person’s microbiome is an emerging market. This panel will discuss current offerings and innovations on the horizon--and explore the opportunities, and the roadblocks, that brick-and-mortar retailers face as the personalization trend grows. Join this talk to brainstorm how businesses throughout the supply chain can benefit while best serving consumers’ needs.

Happy Hour
  • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

Happy Hour

Our event closes with a networking happy hour hosted by the Naturally Informed team. Mix up our signature cocktail - the Microbiome Magic Mule - and raise a glass for a toast with your industry colleagues and friends.

Microbiome Magic Mule

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • ½ cup of ginger-lemon kombucha
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 tbsp fresh cranberries
  • Fresh Ginger to taste (optional)
  • Ice
  • Garnish with fresh cranberries and fresh mint  

Directions:

  1. Place a few cranberries and fresh ginger at the bottom of a copper mug (or glass) and muddle slightly
  2. Fill mug/glass ¾  with ice
  3. Add vodka, kombucha, and lime juice and mix well
  4. Add additional cranberries and garnish with mint and lime if desired

This variation of a Moscow mule combines gut-friendly ingredients like kombucha, cranberries and mint for a refreshing and healthy libation. Moscow mules are traditionally served in a copper mug, but they taste great in whatever vessel you have available.