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Lactobacillus: What Brands Need to Know About the Taxonomic Changes

A NutraIngredients-USA editorial webinar

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Start Date:December 11, 2019

Start Time:11:30am CT (Chicago)

Duration:60 minutes


Big changes are coming to how many of the most popular – and commercially important – probiotics are classified. The name Lactobacillus is instantly recognizable to many consumers and healthcare professionals, but the genus is extremely diverse and includes 251 species. Scientists have been working for years on this reclassification, and we’re close to a final list being published.

These changes will have significant impacts on many areas, from labeling to scientific publications and IP. In this webinar, NutraIngredients-USA has assembled a panel of experts to talk about the scientific rationale, the commercial and legal implications, and what brands need to know about the impending changes.


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Elisa Salvetti, Ph.D.

Consultant in Agro-Food Microbiology

Dr. Elisa Salvetti graduated in Agro-Industrial Biotechnology in 2008 and in 2012 she completed the Ph.D. at University of Verona (Italy). She is a Food Microbiologist and her main research activity focuses on the genome-based taxonomy of lactic acid bacteria to unveil the molecular basis of their pro-technological features and safety-related issues.

Her research activity was consolidated in the framework of a H2020 EU Marie Skłodowska Curie funding which was carried out at APC Microbiome Institute, University College of Cork, (Ireland) in collaboration with Chr. Hansen A/S (Denmark). During her career, she won a start-up competition with a business project aimed at the comparative genomic analysis of commercially important microorganisms. Now she collaborates as a consultant and business developer with national and international industrial partners in probiotics, dairy, bakery and wine fields.

In the whole, she published 22 peer-reviewed papers, 4 peer-reviewed book chapters and 31 posters, she gave 10 oral presentations and she attended 21 training courses (regarding the research topics, the technology transfer, the regulatory affairs and the complementary skills development).

Ewa Hudson

Director of Insights
Lumina Intelligence

Ewa is in charge of market insights offered by Lumina Intelligence, a business intelligence service focusing on Sustainability in cocoa, tea and coffee. Prior to that Ewa managed the global Health and Wellness, Nutrition and Ethical Labels industries at Euromonitor International. Ewa is a presenter at key industry events around the world and a judge at nutraceutical product award events. Ewa has a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Poznan, Poland and has also studied postgraduate Marketing at the University of Westminster in London.

George Paraskevakos

Executive Director
International Probiotics Association (IPA)

George has been involved with the probiotic industry since 2007 where he served in various roles from business development to account management with a globally recognized probiotic producer. His passion for the probiotic industry is unequivocal and has taken the association from 40 members to now over 110 international companies under his tutelage. George represents IPA in the media, to all probiotic industry stakeholders including government agencies and Codex, and in appearances at conventions, conferences, and other symposiums. IPA’s mission is to promote the safe and efficacious use of probiotics throughout the world. George’s focus is to continue driving the positive message for probiotic awareness and benefits and have IPA continue to be "The Global Voice of Probiotics"®.

Ivan Wasserman

Managing Partner
Amin Talati Wasserman LLP

Ivan Wasserman is the Managing Partner of the leading regulatory and intellectual property law firm Amin Talati Wasserman LLP. Noted for expertise in foods, dietary supplements, cosmetics and medical devices, he helps clients develop products and create and execute marketing campaigns that are both legally compliant and effective. Ivan and his team represent clients before the FDA, the FTC, State Attorneys General, and in class action litigation, and advise on ingredient safety issues including GRAS, NDI, and Prop 65 analyses. Ivan has been included in “Best Lawyers in America” from 2007 to 2019.

Jessica ter Haar

Scientific Director
International Probiotics Association

Jessica joined IPA’s team as Scientific Director in September 2018; she was formerly a Microbiome Science Liaison and Business Developer at Winclove B.V. in Amsterdam. Jessica is specialized in women’s health and probiotics and holds a doctorate degree from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) in medical microbiology and a Masters in Nutrition and Nutraceutical Sciences (University of Guelph). Her mandate with the IPA is help craft and define a more concrete scientific identity for global and regional sectors, supporting member companies and other committees as needed and driving a proactive scientific agenda. Jessica has also started a scientific consulting company within the probiotic space.

Stephen Daniells, PhD

Editor in Chief of the Americas
William Reed Business Media

Stephen Daniells is the Editor in Chief of the Americas at William Reed Business Media. Stephen obtained a PhD in chemistry from the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and held post-doctoral research positions in The Netherlands and France before taking the leap into journalism in 2005. In 2015, he received the American Herbal Products Association’s Special Award for Journalistic Excellence. He has presented at numerous industry and association events, including conferences organized by the International Scientific Association for Prebiotics & Probiotics (ISAPP) and the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA), and he chairs William Reed’s Probiota Americas and Food Vision USA events. He lives in Chicago.


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