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Learning from Japan: Kirin to reveal its tips to maximise healthy ageing among world’s oldest population – Growth Asia Summit

By Gary Scattergood contact

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Learning from Japan: Kirin to reveal its tips to maximise healthy ageing among world’s oldest population – Growth Asia Summit

Related tags: Immunity, Nutrition, Ageing

A senior exec from Japanese nutrition and beverage giant Kirin will be sharing exclusive insights on how the firm is meeting healthy ageing needs among the world’s oldest population at our forthcoming Growth Asia Summit in Singapore.

 The three day event will take place at the iconic Marina Bay Sands venue in SIngapore from 11-13 October​.

It will feature extensive expert insights from a raft of big-name brands, leading academics, policy experts, and the most innovative suppliers, all focusing on the region with biggest growth potential for food, beverage, supplements, functional products and nutrition – Asia.

The 2022 face-to-face summit will feature:

  • Day one dedicated to Healthy Ageing,​ incorporating our long-standing Healthy Ageing APAC Summit​, in a region where 1.3bn people will be over the age of 60 by 2050.
  • Day two will be dedicated to Probiotics, Prebiotics and the Microbiome,​ incorporating our established Probiota Asia​ summit, as we connect the worlds of business and science in these fascinating, and booming, categories.
  • And day three will be dedicated to Protein​, incorporating our Protein Vision​ event, as we shine the spotlight on one of the fastest-growing categories, plant-based protein, as well as detailing the latest innovation in the emerging cultivated product space, and of course the traditional meat, dairy and seafood sectors.

Today we can reveal that Dr Daisuke Fujiwara, Kirin Holdings' Health Science Department General Manager, will deliver a keynote talk titled ‘From research to innovation: Strategies to maximise healthy among the world's oldest population – Japan.’

His synopsis states: “Japan has the oldest population in the world, resulting in it having some of the highest ageing society-related needs in the world, leading to many specific services and businesses appearing to specifically cater to the elderly population. Kirin Holdings has firm roots in Japan, and although the firm is best known for its beers, it is now also prioritising the tackling of local health-related issues by leveraging R&D expertise, and developing strategic products to improve health in areas such as immunity, eye care and cognition.

In this presentation, Kirin Holdings' Health Science Department General Manager Daisuke Fujiwara will share the firm's insights into the healthy ageing business prospects in Japan, the opportunities for new product development, and the prospects for growth across the wider APAC region.

Key takeaways will include:

• Key R&D and innovation trends driving the healthy ageing products industry in Japan and APAC

• Kirin's insights in developing new products to tackle key problems faced in an ageing society, and overcoming challenges to achieve these

• The future of the healthy ageing products industry in Japan and the APAC region - including the areas for largest potential growth

As an author of more than 50 publications, Dr Daisuke’s main research interests are in immunology and microbiology. Throughout of the career, he had found a number of novel bio-active compounds or organisms which contribute to human healthy life and was awarded by various academic societies He attended the University of Tokyo and achieved a Ph.D. He started out in the central laboratories for Kirin before moving to be a visiting researcher in RIKEN research centre for allergy and immunology, the national research center of Japan. In 2005-2007, he completed his post-doc at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. His current major role is to link Kirin’s scientific novel findings to business schemes based upon the credibility of science.

The full list of confirmed speakers is:

  • Gerben Kamps, Head of Global Business Development of Seafood Alternatives,  Thai Union Group
  • Mimi Kumar, Director Product Development, International, Blackmores
  • Dr. Zhanyou Yun, Assistant President, Yili
  • Laurent Stévenart, Singapore and UAE Country Manager, Impossible Foods
  • Dr Sunny Wong, Associate Professor, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University Singapore
  • Angela Brady, External Innovation & Partnering Director, and Regina Karim, MD, Senior Global Science Communication and Claims Manager, H&H Group (parent company of Biostime and Swisse)
  • Dr Daisuke Fujiwara, General Manager, Health Science Department, Kirin Holdings
  • Dr Shao Quan Liu, Associate Professor, National University of Singapore (NUS), Food Science and Technology
  • Aaron Yeo, Director of Operations, GOOD Meat 
  • Dr Shan May Yong, Principal Scientist, Bioefficacy and Bioactive Discovery, Brands Suntory
  • Professor Brian Kennedy, Distinguished Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Physiology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
  • Alicia Ng, Vice President and Head of R&D for Wider Asia, GSK Consumer Healthcare
  • Jesse Gu, Head of Sales and Marketing, BYHEALTH International
  • Carrie Chan, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Avant
  • Evan Hayes, Managing Director Asia Pacific, Factors Group
  • Dr Saishreyas Sundarajoo, Head of Clinical Affairs, AMiLi
  • Nathan Cheong, CEO, Melrose Health
  • Dr Roberto Grau, Professor of Microbiology and Head of the Molecular Biology Laboratory, Universidad Nacional de Rosario (UNR) and Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Tecnológicas (CONICET), Argentina
  • Sanghyun Lim, Principal Researcher, Cell Biotech
  • Tony Hunter, Global Strategic Foresight Consultant, Food Scientist and Speaker, Food Futurist
  • Dr Dai Chen, Research Fellow, National University of Singapore (NUS) and CTO Probicient

We will also be hosting a condensed digital event, consisting of three 90-minute broadcasts on the same topics the following week, from 18-20 October.

Throughout both events, FoodNavigator-Asia.com​ and NutraIngredients-Asia.com​ will help you understand how the industry can best navigate the region’s highly diverse consumer, regulatory, cultural and economic landscape in order to reap the substantial rewards on offer.

Gary Scattergood, Editor-in-Chief of both titles and Regional Head: APAC at publisher William Reed’s Global Brands division, said: “We are delighted to be able to return to live events here in Singapore, home to our regional HQ, and are thrilled with the stellar line-up of industry experts who will be sharing their insights.

“We can’t wait to welcome everyone to our summit as we showcase the huge potential for growth across the Healthy Ageing, Probiotics, Prebiotics and the Microbiome, and Protein sectors here in Asia.”

Register as a delegate today.

We also have extensive sponsorship opportunities for innovative brands to partner with us to showcase their solutions across the Healthy Ageing category, Probiotics, Prebiotics and Microbiome space, and the Protein sectors. For more information, contact Sueann.peh@wrbm.com​.

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