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Spotlight On… Probiotics for Use in Infant Formula - A China Outlook

In association with Morinaga



Start Date:18th Jan 2022

Start Time:16:00 SGT/17:00 JST

Duration:60 minutes


Early life nutrition can inevitably affect a child’s growth and development and the gut microbiome plays a vital part in it. Current research still focuses on bringing infant formula closer to human milk, with some comprising probiotics. China is a major contributor to the global infant formula market. However, the once-booming market has seen growth slow due to decreasing birth rate, meaning infant formula companies are engaged in a heated race to find new growth drivers. Can bifidobacteria supplementation in infant formula help grow market success? Join our expert speakers as they discuss the market insights, regulatory framework, and scientific basis of bifidobacteria probiotics in infant nutrition.


Doris Huang

Senior Food Regulatory Consultant


As senior food regulatory consultant, Doris is familiar with the Chinese food related regulations for different food categories, including the regulations for infant formula, novel ingredients, food supplement, sports nutrition foods etc. She has been successfully consulting and provide tailored solutions for international food companies to cope with Chinese market and regulations. Doris has a Master degree in Food Quality Management from Wageningen University and a Bachelor degree in Food Quality and Safety Management from China Jiliang University.

Jane Li

Founder & Principal Consultant

Li, Page & Co.

Jane is an entrepreneur and internationally recognised China expert with 10+ years’ experience specialising in the infant formula and milk nutrition markets. She co-founded New Zealand milk marketing company Biopure Health, developing and launching white-label infant formula and milk powder brands into the China market, and led a retail expansion strategy establishing 100 franchise stores in 13 provinces culminating in a successful corporate exit in 2017. She is a trusted subject matter advisor to global consulting firms and investment management funds and is a regular contributor to New Zealand and international media.

Dr. Chyn Boon Wong

Lead Research Associate

Morinaga Milk Industry

Dr. Chyn Boon serves as the Lead Research Associate at the International Division of Morinaga Milk. She is responsible for expanding the global BtoB business with science-backed HRB probiotic offerings. In her research, she has conducted studies on probiotic metabolites particularly those produced by human-residential bifidobacteria (HRB). Chyn Boon is keen to apply her research expertise and translate probiotics science into business innovation.

Takane Katayama, Ph.D

Professor of Microbiology

Kyoto University

Takane received his Ph.D at Kyoto University in 1999. After spending three years as a postdoctoral fellow in Hidehiko Kumagai’s laboratory, he was appointed an assistant professor at Kenji Yamamoto’s lab and started the research on bacterial sugar metabolism. In early 2000s, he isolated the genes for 1,2-α-L-fucosidase and endo-α-N-acetylgalactosamindase from Bifidobacterium species, both of which are enzymes acting on human-derived glycans. The findings prompted him to consider a symbiotic relationship between gut microbes and humans via host-derived glycans. In the past decade, he has focused on functional analysis of bifidobacterial genes and enzymes responsible for degradation of human milk oligosaccharides. His research has significantly contributed to revealing how bifidobacteria-rich microbiota is formed in the gut of breast-fed infants.

Gary Scattergood


FoodNavigator-Asia & NutraIngredients-Asia

Gary leads William Reed‘s HQ in Asia and is Editor-in-Chief of its food and nutrition titles FoodNavigator-Asia, NutraIngredients-Asia and CosmeticsDesign-Asia, as well as organising a number of high-level food, nutrition and cosmetics conferences, awards and summits. He started his career as a journalist in UK, where he we went on to edit several newspapers and consumer titles, before taking senior leadership roles in business-to-business media and events companies across the food, beverage, cosmetics, fashion, travel and media industries. Gary opened William Reed’s first Asia Pacific office in Singapore in 2016 and has spearheaded the expansion of its editorial, events and commercial operations across the region. Gary has hosted, presented and moderated at conferences and awards shows around the world, and has regularly appeared on TV and radio to discuss the food and nutrition, travel and tourism, and media and marketing industries.



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