DuPont establishes microbiome venture

DuPont Nutrition & Health Microbiome Venture logoDuPont Nutrition & Health announces the launch of a significant new initiative by creating the Microbiome Venture to spearhead developing new microbiome science-based solutions. The Microbiome Venture will play a key role in DuPont’s business growth strategy.

‘Microbiome science is developing extremely fast with tremendous opportunity for innovation,’ says DuPont Nutrition & Health global technology and innovation leader, Angela Naef. ‘With the Microbiome Venture, we intend to build on our probiotics leadership position to develop new microbiome science-based solutions for health and wellness.’

The initiative will engage in strategic partnerships with other microbiome science leaders in academia and industry to accelerate product development. It includes a focused entrepreneurial team with a strong connection to the larger DuPont organisation, tapping into global research, development and commercialisation capabilities.

The Microbiome Venture investment will complement DuPont’s existing product portfolio, especially in the areas of probiotics and prebiotics, including human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs.)

First multiyearcollaboration

The first major partnership of the Microbiome Venture is with the APC Microbiome Institute in Cork, Ireland. The APC is a collaboration between the University College Cork, Teagasc (the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority) and Cork Institute of Technology, a world-leading Science Foundation Ireland Research Institute. This multiyear partnership with the APC Microbiome Institute will focus on maternal and infant microbiomes, which play a critical role in infant development and long-term health. The goal is to develop solutions for establishing a healthy microbiome in early life.

As one of the pioneers in the field of the microbiome, the APC has significant breadth and depth in microbiome science capability including an impressive track record in the areas of mother-infant and gut-brain axis. This made them an ideal partner for DuPont Nutrition & Health’s new venture.

‘We are delighted to be working with DuPont Nutrition & Health on this exciting project, which we are confident will lead to new innovations in infant gut microbiome science, for advancing infant health and development,’ says Professor Catherine Stanton, project leader at the APC Microbiome Institute.

More about the microbiome

The human microbiome comprises all the microbes that live in and on the body. In fact, there are as many microbes living in the human gut as there are cells in the human body.

Academic research over the past 10 years or so has demonstrated the significant role these microbes play in human health and disease, yielding these revealing facts about how a healthy microbiome can be established in early life:

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