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About Danone Research

Danone was born out of a conviction that now lies at the very heart of its stated mission: "Bringing health through food to as many people as possible". The Group's strong ambitions rest primarily on the mobilisation and skills of its R&D teams. Its R&D know-how is housed by Danone Research, a worldwide organisation present in some 15 countries that brings together around 1,200 staff, with a network of almost 200 scientific collaborations worldwide generating knowledge in specific fields (prebiotics, probiotics, human breast milk, immunology, metabolic programming, etc). Danone is active in four fields: fresh milk products (No. 1 worldwide), water (No. 2 worldwide for bottled water), baby nutrition (No 2 worldwide) and medical nutrition.

About Human Microbiome Project

The NIH Human Microbiome Project is building a vast community resource of taxonomic and metagenomic sequences of microbiomes across major body regions of healthy adults, reference strain genome sequences and disease-specific properties of microbiomes in urogenital, skin and gut diseases. Computational tools and technologies along with microbiome-specific ELSI studies are providing additional resources for the field.

About HP for Health and Life Sciences

HP for Health and Life Sciences helps organizations across the value chain deploy systems that improve business and health outcomes through the capture, management, and integration of information related to bioscience innovation, pharmaceuticals, medical technology, and patient data. HP's extensive portfolio of printing and personal computing products and IT services, software and solutions enable health and life science organizations to lower costs, speed innovation into practice, function more efficiently and improve the quality of care. HP Health and Life Sciences industry solutions enable collaboration across the entire ecosystem and mine more value from market players and information.

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About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE:992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $US21 billion personal technology company serving customers in more than 160 countries, and the world's second-largest PC vendor. Dedicated to building exceptionnally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo's business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group's acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones.

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NVIDIA awakened the world to computer graphics when it invented the GPU in 1999. From its roots in visual computing, the company expanded into parallel and mobile computing. One of the most complex processors ever created, the GPU is the engine of computer graphics: the science and art of using technology to create and enjoy beautiful, interactive experiences. NVIDIA has shipped over one billion GPUs.

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About Procter & Gamble

Four billion times a day, P&G brands touch the lives of people around the world. P&G is marketing probiotics in the United States for Personal Health Care (Align®) and Pet Care (Prostora®) and is exploring additional new product possibilities. The company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Pampers®, Tide®, Ariel®, Always®, Whisper®, Pantene®, Mach3®, Bounty®, Dawn®, Gain®, Pringles®, Charmin®, Downy®, Lenor®, Iams®, Crest®, Oral-B®, Duracell®, Olay®, Head & Shoulders®, Wella®, Gillette®, Braun® and Fusion®. The P&G community includes approximately 127,000 employees working in about 80 countries worldwide.

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About Enterome

Paris-based Enterome is a privately owned personalized medicine company dedicated to the development of drugs and biomarkers for chronic and challenging medical conditions relating to abnormalities of bacterial composition of the human intestine. Enterome's technology was developed initially in the INRA laboratory of Dusko Ehrlich at Jouy-en-Josas, France. Enterome is currently advancing an internal pipeline of biomarkers in chronic serious diseases i.e. metabolic diseases: NASH, type-2 diabetes, obesity and inflammatory bowel diseases, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

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About LABIP, the Lactic Acid Bacteria Industrial Platform

LABIP, the Industry Platform for EU sponsored research programs on lactic acid bacteria, is a European Economical Association of industries involved in the production of products using lactic acid bacteria and probiotics and have production or research facilities within the EU. Companies that fulfil these criteria have the right to become a member and can not be excluded. At the moment LABIP has 25 members. The focus of LABIP is on the interaction between Academia (universities and research institutions) and Industry (more specifically Industry R&D) in the field of (pre-competitive) scientific and technological research on lactic acid bacteria, gut microbiota and the interaction between microbiota and the host. LABIP aims to:

  • Secure EU-funding for LAB research on a long-term basis in Europe
  • Act as platform where industrial researchers in the area of LAB and microbiota can meet and interact with scientist from Academia
  • Coordinate communication about topics of industial relevance between science, industry and EU authorities

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About Lifetechnologies

Life Technologies Corporation is a global biotechnology company dedicated to improving the human condition. Our systems, consumables and services enable researchers to accelerate scientific and medical advancements that make life even better. Life Technologies customers do their work across the biological spectrum, working to advance the fields of discovery and translational research, molecular medicine, stem cell-based therapies, food safety and animal health, and 21st century forensics. The company manufactures both molecular diagnostic and research use only products. Life technologies' industry-leading brands are found in nearly every life sciences lab in the world and include innovative instrument systems under the Applied Biosystems and Ion Torrent names, as well as, the broadest range of reagents with its Invitrogen, GIBCO, Ambion, Molecular Probes and Taqman products.

About MO BIO

MO BIO offers a complete line of nucleic acid purification kits optimized for the isolation of microbial DNA and RNA from a variety of inhibitor rich sample types including gut, stool, cervical swabs, human skin, soil, biofilm, water, and bacterial cultures utilizing a patented enzyme Inhibitor Removal Technology®. We also offer the widest selection of bead homogenization options for lysis of any micro-organism including the multi-velocity high efficiency PowerLyzer™ sample homogenizer.

About Nestlé Research

Nestlé, founded in 1866, is the world’s leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company. With headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland, Nestlé employs over 280,000 people, with factories and operations in almost every country of the world. The driving force of innovation within Nestlé is its dynamic network of Research, Development and Technology centres worldwide. Comprised of leading scientists, technicians and engineers, these centres cultivate diverse research and development expertise to respond to ever-changing consumer and business needs. At the heart of this Nestlé Research Network lies the Nestlé Research Center (NRC), the world’s largest private food and nutrition research institute and the centre of fundamental scientific research within Nestlé.

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About Roche

Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Roche is a leader in research-focused healthcare with combined strengths in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. Roche is the world's largest biotech company with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, virology, inflammation, metabolism and CNS. Roche is also the world leader in in-vitro diagnostics, tissue-based cancer diagnostics and a pioneer in diabetes management. Roche's persinalized healthcare strategy aims at providing medicines and diagnostics tools that enable tangible improvements in the health, quality of life and survival of patients. In 2011, Roche had over 80,000 employees worldwide and invested over 8 billion Swiss francs in R&D. The Group posted sales of 42.5 billion Swiss francs. Genentech, United States, is a wholly owned member of the Roche Group. Roche has a majority stake in Chugai Pharmaceutical, Japan.

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Unilever: creating a better future everyday

Unilever is one of the world's leading suppliers of fast-moving consumer goods. Our products are sold in over 180 countries and used by 2 billion consumers every day. Our vision is help people feel good, look good and get more out of life with brands and services that are good for them and good for others. We will inspire people to take small everyday actions that can add up to a big difference for the world. We will develop new ways of doing business that will allow us to double the size of our company while reducing our environmental impact. We work with 167,000 employees worldwide. We produce world leading brands such as Knorr, Lipton, Hellmann's, Becel, Dove, Axe and Pond's, and brands and innovation are at the heart of everything we do.

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