Danone creating a research chair of probiotics

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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LONDON, ONT. — Danone is creating a research chair of probiotics in partnership with the Lawson Health Research Institute and St. Joseph’s Health Care of London, Ont.

Danone will make a C$7 million contribution to the St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation to establish the chair.

"At Danone, we believe that economic and social progress go hand-in-hand," said Bernard Hours, co-chief operating officer. "We strive to help people grow, live better and get more out of life by providing them with better food, a wider variety of flavors and more healthful pleasures. The investment will support further groundbreaking research in probiotics to help people around the world achieve health and a greater quality of life."

The chair will create a scientific team in Canada qualified to advance knowledge in the field of probiotics and discover applications in food to benefit people, especially those in developing countries.

Dr. Gregor Reid, a doctor of microbiology who specializes in health and nutrition, has been appointed as the inaugural chair. He is currently assistant director of the Lawson Health Research Institute and a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of West Ontario.

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