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Duration:60 minutes


Postbiotics is one of the hottest topics in nutrition today, opening up a raft of new product development opportunities across the functional food and supplements space.

In this ‘Spotlight On’ broadcast, we’ll be focusing on how the industry can maximise the innovation potential and overcome the regulatory challenges when formulating with these ingredients.

We’ll also be detailing how postbiotics are defined and why this is important, as well as addressing the needs of policymakers who are new to such products.

In addition, we’ll be drilling down into the science and research behind postbiotics and analysing the most pertinent health indications, before looking in detail at the commercialisation opportunities, levels of consumer awareness and strategies for educating regulators of their safety and efficacy.

This is a must-attend event for anyone looking to develop a greater understanding of these high-potential, emerging ingredients.


Mami Aoki, MSc

Associate Academic & Marketing Manager
Kyowa Hakko Bio

Mami joined Kyowa Hakko Bio in 2007 and has over 10 years of research experience and about 5 years of academic marketing of nutritional ingredients. With her vast knowledge in the fields of nutrition/food science and in global marketing, she is now in charge of global academic marketing for ingredients such as IMMUSE® and Cognizin® citicoline.

George Paraskevakos

Executive Director
International Probiotics Association (IPA)

George has been active in the probiotic industry since 2007 and has held a variety of business development and account management roles in a globally recognised probiotic manufacturer. Throughout this time he has served on the IPA’s Board of Directors and was the association’s President twice before becoming its Executive Director in 2015. His goal is to continue the IPA’s outreach programme as the global voice of the probiotics industry.

Wai Mun Poon

Principal Regulatory Consultant and Owner
Wong SJ Asia

Wai Mun specialises in Regulatory Affairs for Functional Food, Food Supplements, as well as Cosmetic Products within Asia. She has over 15 years of experience and has actively worked on product registration ranging from pharmaceuticals, nutritional supplements to cosmetics. She has been a speaker to many workshops in Asia and Europe as an acknowledged expert on Asia regulation. Wai Mun had managed the Secretariat of the ASEAN Technical Supplements Committee for Traditional Medicine and Health Supplements. She is a biotechnologist and graduated with a M. Sc in Biopharmaceuticals from the University of New South Wales.

Karen Todd, RD, MBA

Vice President of Global Brand Marketing

Kyowa Hakko U.S.A.

Karen Todd, RD, MBA is a Registered Dietitian and Vice President of Global Brand Marketing for Kyowa Hakko USA. She has over thirty years global marketing experience in the nutrition industry. Her experience ranges from developing products in the sports nutrition, weight-management, cosmetic/skincare and heart-health categories as well as condition-specific formulations with herbal amino acids and vitamin/mineral ingredients.

Hazel Joy P. Pascua

Senior Product Development Officer
Essential Products and Expertise for Integrated Markets Inc. (EPEIMI)

Hazel Pascua has over 15 years of experience working in the nutraceutical, food, and pharmaceutical industry as product development lead. She dedicates her time to the evaluation of novel raw ingredients and understanding how new ingredients can be paired and formulated into consumer products. Her work goes beyond formulation work and also involves evaluating customer needs, auditing ingredient suppliers and finding packaging solutions for ingredients and final products. Hazel leads the development team at Essential Products and Expertise for Integrated Markets Inc. (EPEIMI), one of the top raw ingredients distributors and formulators in the Philippines.

Gary Scattergood


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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