High-Value Nutrition invites you to Foodomics 2019

Foodomics 2019 is where the country’s researchers and businesses taking premium foods for health and wellbeing to the world gather to collaborate, learn about the latest research and opportunities and network.

Early bird registration now open

Foodomics 2019 brings international experts on the

High-Value Nutrition eco-system to New Zealand

Hear from leading international experts on the microbiome, systems nutrition and global consumer trends and behaviour

Professor Rob Knight is the founding director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation at the UC San Diego and co-founder of the American Gut Project. The New Zealand scientist is a world leading expert on the microbiome.

Julian Mellentin is one of the world’s few international specialists in the business of food, nutrition and health. He is the founder of New Nutrition Business.

Jim Kaput, is known as the father of the Systems Nutrition approach and an expert on personalised nutrition. A distinguished research scientist, he is the co-founder of Vydiant Inc, a health care data analytics firm.

Nick Talley is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Global Research at the University of Newcastle. A leading figure in gastro-enterological research, he has been recognised as Australia’s most cited researcher.

HVN acknowledges the generous support of AgResearch to facilitate this Keynote address.

Conference programme: 9,10,11 April

Day One: Growing the high-value foods eco-system

Topic and Time

9am: Mihi whakatau


9.10am: Transforming New Zealand: the case for innovative research

9.20am: What does Asia want for dinner?

To 2024 and beyond: the future for high-value nutrition

Taking on the Challenge

9.35am: Keynote: We eat food, not diets: a systems nutrition approach


Kaumātua Matua Rawiri Wharemate, Kaumātua Himi Pene

Hon Dr Megan Woods, Minister of Research, Science and Innovation (Tentative)

Bob Major, Chair, High-Value Nutrition

Joanne Todd, High-Value Nutrition Challenge Director

Richard Mithen, Chief Scientist

Jim Kaput, co-founder Vydiant Inc

Morning break (10:30 – 11:00am)

Session 1: Nutrition to stem the diabetes tsunami

11am: What we know and what we want to know

11.15am: Appearances can be deceiving

11.30am: Tū Ora: Supporting innovation with science 

11.50am: Lift and shift: a model for NZ Inc

Sally Poppitt, HVN Science leadership team

Ivana Sequiera, University of Auckland

Meika Foster, HVN Science leadership team, Louise Lu, Human Nutrition Unit, University of Auckland

Miriana Stephens, Wākatu Board member

Lunch (12:30 – 1:30pm)

1.30pm: Going for gold: why research matters to Zespri

1.45pm: Kiwifruit and blood sugar: a new twist

2pm: The real alternative protein

2.15pm: Does grass-fed Wagyu beef benefit cholesterol absorption?

Juliet Ansell, Innovation Manager, Zespri

John Monro, Plant and Food Research

Gerard Hickey, Managing Director, First Light Foods

Emma Bermingham, AgResearch

Session 2: Pollution resistance: the path to better health

2.30pm: What we know and what we want to know

2.45pm: Food function: linking immunity to lung protection

Olivier Gasser, HVN Science leadership team

Odette Shaw, Plant and Food Research

Afternoon break (3:00 – 3:30pm)

3.30pm: The Systems Approach: concept to reality

3.45pm: The X factor for Greenshell mussels

4pm: The next level: new markets for premium mussels

Olivier Gasser, HVN Science leadership team

Matthew Miller, Programme Leader, Cawthron Institute

Adrian Grey, Business and Innovation Manager, Sanford Ltd

Foodomics networking drinks (4:15 – 6:30pm)

Day Two

Session 3: Consumer touchpoints: culture, behaviour and trust

9am Keynote: Key trends in food, nutrition & health

10am: What we know and what we want to know

10.15am: Hits and myths: insights on urban Chinese consumers

Julian Mellentin, New Nutrition Business

Roger Harker, HVN Science Leadership Team

Denise Conroy, Plant and Food Research

Morning break (10:30 – 11:00am)

Session 4: From prototype to market: the science of food

11am: The path from science to product

11.15am: Muscle-up: stronger and older

11.30am: Touring the HVN Patent Landscapes: trends and opportunities

11:45pm: Overview of poster competition

Harjinder Singh, HVN Science Leadership Team

Simon Loveday, Senior Scientist, AgResearch

Peter Brown, IP Synergy


Richard Mithen, Chief Scientist

Lunch (12:00 – 1:00pm)

Concurrent sessions

Open for business: reaching Chinese consumers (Great Room)

1-3pm, Great Rooms

1pm: Money and markets: expert panel

Chair: Craig Armstrong, NZTE

Panellists: Peter Rowe, NZ Export Credit Office, Treasury; Mike Arand, China Business Development Adviser, NZTE;  Johnathan Chen, James and Wells; Donnell Alexander , Senior Advisor Food Claims, MPI

2pm: Truth, trust and trade: expert panel

Chair: Kevin Marshall, HVN Industry Advisory Panel Chair

Panellists: Phil Bremer, NZ China Food Protection Network; Wayne Mulligan, CE, Fomana Capital; Miranda Mirosa, Otago University

Work with us: contestable funding opportunities (Crystal Room)

1-3pm, Crystal Room

Forum for industry and researchers to find out more about contestable funding opportunities during Tranche 2 (2019 – 2024).

Overview of Contestable Fund (Joanne Todd, Challenge Director)

HVN Vision Mātauranga Strategy (Meika Foster, HVN Science Leadership Team)

How to align to the HVN priority health areas (HVN Science Leadership Team)

Q&A with HVN Science Leadership Team

Afternoon break (3:00 – 3:30pm)

3.30pm: Winner of best poster


3.35pm: Expert panel discussion

What the mouth wants, the mouth gets: expert panel on the Chinese urban consumer

 Richard Mithen, Chief Scientist



Julian Mellentin, New Nutrition Business, Hong-Zhi Gao, Victoria University, Mark Tanner, The China Skinny, Chair Rodney Wong, Challenge Board member

Day Three


Session 5: Nourish to flourish – infant health

9.30am: Keynote Trust your gut instinct

Rob Knight, Director Center for Microbiome Innovation, UC San Diego

Morning break (10:30 – 11:00am)

11am: The hunt for foods to boost the infant microbiome

11.30am: A good night’s sleep

11.45am: Open wide: creating new infant foods

Clare Wall, HVN Science Leadership Team, University of Auckland

Gerald Tannock, University of Otago

Lynley Drummond, Director, Drummond Food Science Advisory

Lunch (12:00 – 1:00pm)

Session 6: The puzzle of gut disorders and food intolerance

1pm: Keynote

1.50pm: What we know and what we want to know

2pm: Listen to your gut: the COMFORT trial

2.15pm: Profiling biomarkers for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

3.15pm: Lactose or dairy intolerance: lessons from the a2 Milk trials

3.30pm: Foodomics 2019: Closing address

3:40pm: Hakarāpopoto me te karakia whakamutunga (final announcements and closing karakia)

Nicholas Talley, University of Newcastle

HVN acknowledges the generous support of AgResearch to facilitate this Keynote address.

Nicole Roy, HVN Science leadership team, AgResearch

Richard Gearry, University of Otago, Canterbury DHB

Karl Fraser & Wayne Young, AgResearch


Matthew Barnett, AgResearch

Richard Mithen, Chief Scientist, High-Value Nutrition

Kaumātua Matua Rawiri Wharemate, Kaumātua Himi Pene


Registration information

Early bird registration is open until Friday 8 February. Delegates can choose between full conference registration or opt for single day registration.

Early bird full registration: $500, Early bird single day registation: $250.

Standard registration $600 and standard single day registration $300. Registration includes attendance, morning and afternoon tea and lunch. Early bird and standard full registration also covers entry to the Foodomics 2019 networking drinks on Tuesday, 9 April.

Conference venue

Cordis Auckland is an elegant hotel located in the lively area near upper Queen St and Karangahape Rd in downtown Auckland. Foodomics 2019 will be held in the Great Room, main ballroom venue and the Crystal room for the concurrent session.

Contact us at hvn@auckland.ac.nz if you have any queries