By: Talking Nutrition Editors
HMOs are an emerging ingredient in the infant nutrition market due to their role in shaping a healthy gut microbiome, maintaining a strong immune system and supporting optimal brain development. Yet, despite strong evidence supporting the benefits of HMOs, the industry has only just begun to translate academic research into clinically validated infant nutrition products. This is because, until recently, the market has been lacking the advanced technologies needed to create and add cost-efficient, high-quality and safe HMOs to nutrition solutions on a large scale. Now, the HMO market is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 23% up to 2027, fueled by increasing awareness of their function and health benefits, and rising consumption of infant formula.1
DSM is pioneering the future of innovation in the global HMO market. Through its science-backed GlyCare™ HMO portfolio – available for use in more than 165 countries – and customized solutions, powered by expert services, the company is helping customers worldwide leverage the benefits of HMOs to launch purpose-led infant nutrition products.
With significant knowledge of different regulatory and legal landscapes worldwide, DSM is leading the number of approvals on HMOs and is continuously expanding its global footprint to make HMOs easily available to partners across the world. In addition, together with leading clinical partners, universities and external labs, DSM is spearheading research in the field, having supported more than 20 studies to date to advance the industry’s understanding of HMOs and their relevance for human health.
Showcasing how the global company supports customers at a local level, DSM recently brought together key opinion leaders across China and prominent experts in the HMO field to share insights on unlocking the potential of HMOs in the region. The knowledge-sharing webinar connected regional expert, Professor Yumei Zhang of Beijing University and international HMO specialist Dr. Louise Vigsnæs. During the session, Professor Zhang presented a science-led discussion on the role of HMOs in infant health and development, and Dr. Vigsnæs explored the broader application of HMOs beyond infancy, including their benefits in gut health and immunity in adults.2,3,4 Professor Zhang explained that the growing bank of global scientific evidence is helping to shape and define the HMO market in China by improving the understanding and awareness of these unique ingredients in the region.
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