DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences has partnered with APC Microbiome Ireland SFI Research Centre (APC) as part of a €6.3 million research project to develop microbiome-based health solutions.
The four-year joint research project, which marks the companies second collaboration, aims to develop solutions to establish a healthy microbiome in infants.
Based at University College Cork and Teagasc Moorepark, APC focuses on microbes that play a significant role in gut health particularly in mothers and infants.
Establishment of a healthy gut microbiome in early life can be influenced by breastfeeding. The research company has now expanded its capabilities to the food industry.
The collaboration, which has been funded jointly by DuPont and Science Foundation Ireland’s Spokes programme, will reportedly strengthen APC’s capabilities in advancing infant health and development.
Martin Kullen, director of probiotics and microbiome research at DuPont Nutrition and Biosciences, said: “We are honored and privileged to be working with APC with the help of funding from Science Foundation Ireland on solutions and products that are key to our human microbiome platform.
“By working with the world’s leading microbiome research institute in APC, we look forward to providing critical health offerings for key unmet needs around maternal and infant health as well as solutions for cognitive health and well-being.”
Launched in 2017, the DuPont Human Microbiome Venture (HMV) was designed to accelerate product development to complement its existing portfolio and build on its expertise in prebiotics, microbes, proteins and enzymes.
Last year, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences announced plans to enter into a strategic partnership with China-based consumer health care company, By-Health, to focus on probiotic development.
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