High-Value Nutrition Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga is pleased to announce details of our 2021 Foodomics Conference, which is being held on 28-29 September 2021 at the Cordis, Auckland.

Programme details for the two days are below. Register for Foodomics 2021 here.

The Foodomics 2019 conference was extremely popular and we have integrated feedback from that successful event into our planning for this year’s Foodomics Conference.

Foodomics 2021 will bring together experts, researchers, and businesses across New Zealand’s Food & Beverage (F&B) industry. The conference will showcase multiple F&B research projects underway and highlight future opportunities for industry to benefit from cutting-edge research. Industry experts and researchers will be in attendance to present how HVN-funded projects can pave the way to higher value and a competitive edge in international markets.

There is also a poster competition, which will give students an opportunity to showcase the incredible research that is taking place across the HVN Challenge. Visit the Foodomics 2021 Poster Competition page for more details.


Day One 
8:30amBlessing of Kai
Tea and coffee
9:00amMihi whakatau / Karakia TīmatangaKaumātua Matua Rawiri Wharemate
Whaea Dolly Paul
9:20amTBDBob Major, Board Chair of High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge
9:30amTBDProfessor Richard Mithen, Chief Scientist of High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge
9:45amKeynoteProfessor Lisa Wood, Head of School of Biomedical Science and Pharmacy, University of Newcastle
10:30am - 11:00amMorning Tea and Poster Viewing
Session 1: Translating Research to Market
11:00amTranche 1 of the HVN National Science ChallengeJoanne Todd, Director of High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge
11:20amLost in Translation: Challenges in Commercialisation of Basic Food Science Research and KnowledgeDistinguished Professor Harjinder Singh, Director of Riddet Institute and Member of Science Leadership Team of High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge
11:40amAchieving a Return on Science Investment in the Digital Age - The Story of ĀrepaAngus Brown, Co-Founder and CEO of Ārepa
12:00pmCommercialisation of IDP® Bioactive Milk Proteins - A Continual JourneyRod Claycomb, Founder and Directore of Quantec Ltd
12:20pmPanel Question PeriodFacilitator: Mark Buntzen, Founder of The Distillery
12:30 – 1:15pmBlessing of Kai and Lunch Break
1:20pmSanford’s JourneyDr Sabrina Tian, Innovation Science Manager at Sanford Ltd
Dr Matt Miller, Research Scientist at Cawthron Institute
1:40pmTBDDr Jennifer Miles-Chan, Senior Lecturer at University of Auckland
2:00pmTBDDr Denise Conroy, Senior Scientist at Plant & Food Research
2:20pmTBDDr Andrea Braakhuis, Senior Lecturer at University of Auckland
Kaylene Larking, Meat Industry Association
2:40pmPanel Question PeriodFacilitator: Mark Buntzen, Founder of The Distillery
3:00 – 3:30pmAfternoon Tea Break
Session 2: Research and Innovation
3:30pmThe HVN Immune Health Platform: Innovating for the Future of the NZ Food & Beverage IndustryDr Olivier Gasser, Translational Immunology Group Leader at Malaghan Institute of Medical Research
3:50pmTBDDr Doug Rosendale, Chief Science Officer at Anagenix
4:30pmTBDProfessor Richard Gearry, University of Otago
Professor Nicole Roy, University of Otago
4:50pmPanel Question PeriodFacilitator: Mark Buntzen, Founder of The Distillery
5:00pmKeynoteNaomi Manu, Director of Pūhoro STEM Academy
5:30pmKarakiaKaumātua Matua Rawiri Wharemate
Whaea Dolly Paul
5:40pm - 6:30pmFoodomics 2021 Networking Function
Day Two 
7:20amBlessing of Kai
Whaea Dolly Paul
7:30am'Sprouting Ideas' - Graduate Student PresentationsHosted by David Downs
8:30amTea and Coffee
8:45amOpening RemarksCraig Armstrong, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise
8:55amKeynoteAroha Mead
Session 3: Development Grants (to focus on business story)
9:50amKaitahi's Level Up - How a Development Grant is Providing an Iwi Business with SupportArohaina Owen, Kaitahi As One
10:00amTBDReni Gargiulo, Kiwi Kai Nelson Ltd
10:10amIdeas to Innovation: Exploring Bio Actives of Damson PlumsShayne Walker, Foot Steps Ltd
10:20amTorere Macadamias of New ZealandVanessa Hayes, Torere Macadamias Ltd
10:30 – 11:00amMorning Tea Break and Poster Viewing
Session 4: Novel Foods and Food Ingredients
11:00amKarengo - A High-value Food with Potential for CommercialisationDr Tom Wheeler, Cawthron Institute
11:40pmTBDChloe Van Dyke, Chia Sisters
12:00pmTBDHamish Glendinning, Business Lead, Pāmu
12:20pmPanel Question PeriodFacilitator: Mark Buntzen, Founder of The Distillery
12.30 – 1:30pmBlessing of Kai and Lunch Break
1:30pmTBDProfessor Clare Wall, University of Auckland
1:50pmPlanning a clinical evaluation of mussel-fucoidan combination as a functional foodProfessor Jun Lu, Auckland University of Technology
2:10pmHe Rourou Whai Painga Study Professor Jeremy Krebs, University of Otago
Dr Meika Foster, Director of Edible Research
2:30pmPanel Question PeriodFacilitator: Mark Buntzen, Founder of The Distillery
2:40 – 3:00pmAfternoon Tea Break
3:00pmPoster AwardsTBD
3:10pmKeynoteShay Wright, Co-Founder Te Whare Hukahuka & Nuku Ltd
4:00pmWhakarāpopoto me te karakia whakamutunga (Final announcements and closing Karakia and Waiata)TBD