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Are we what we eat? Advertising currently shows a growing number of products that promise to improve our health and prevent or cure disease. How are these products produced? Have their health benefits been proven? How and by whom is commercialization of these products regulated?

Biocat is holding a conference entitled Functional food and nutraceutics: the line between food and drugs? on 3 November in Barcelona in order to offer a general overview of the current situation of functional food, the main lines of research and the regulatory framework that applies to this type of product.

In order to discuss the applications and products that are being developed, the challenges, trends and opportunities in this sector for Catalonia, we have invited the following speakers:

  • Dr. Lluís Arola, director – Technological Center of Nutrition and Health (CTNS)
  • Dr. Andreu Palou, professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – University of the Balearic Islands (UiB) – and chairman of the Scientific Committee – Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN)
  • Dr. Buenaventura Guamis, director – Special Research Center: Food Technology Plant (CERPTA-UAB)
  • Sr. Jaume Solà, R&D Manager Research – Gallina Blanca Star
  • Dr. Sergi Audivert, co-founder and co-CEO – AB Biotics, SA
  • Dr. David de Lorenzo, co-director of the NUTREN Group – Nutrigenomics – University of Lleida (UdL)

The symposium will close with a round table featuring all the speakers and moderated by Dr. Enric Canela, professor of Biochemistry at the University of Barcelona.

The symposium is aimed at agrifood and biotech companies, research and technology centers and any professionals from other industrial sectors that are interested in this topic.


Date: 3 November 2010
Time: from 9.30 am to 2 pm
Place: Museu Colet • C/ Buenos Aires, 56 • Barcelona (Spain)

Registration - Closed.

For further information
Laura Rogel (Innovation Department) • Tel. +34 93 310 33 89

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