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Our ecosystem of partners

At Danone Nutricia Research, we build bridges between science, nutrition and health.  Every day our challenge is to create a unique consumer experience and to bring health & well-being for all through food. Research & Innovation is not the business of stand-alone teams. We think that it’s better to walk together than apart: that’s why we open connections in the food & health ecosystem with and between experts. We engage with public health stakeholders in the countries where Danone operates. And we work in an open dynamic. To do so we foster win-win relationships and collaborations to nourish our common adventure: bringing the best of innovation to consumers.

Nutricia Research evolves in a dual ecosystem of food & health. Within it, our teams connect with numerous intertwined key players, all the while keeping the consumers at the very heart.

Our partners can be public or private organisations including research institutes, industrial players or local authorities…

INSTITUT PASTEUR

The Institut Pasteur, a private foundation with officially recognized charitable status set up by Louis Pasteur in 1887, is today an internationally renowned center for biomedical research with a network of 33 institutes worldwide. In the pursuit of its mission to prevent and fight against diseases in France and throughout the world, the Institut Pasteur operates in four main areas: scientific and medical research, public health and health monitoring, teaching, and business development and technology transfer. More than 2,400 people work on its Paris campus. The Institut Pasteur is a globally recognized leader in infectious diseases, microbiology, and immunology. Its 130 units also focus their research on certain cancers, genetic and neurodegenerative diseases, genomics and developmental biology. This research aims to expand our knowledge of living organisms in a bid to lay the foundation for new prevention strategies and novel therapeutics. Since its inception, 10 Institut Pasteur scientists have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine, including two in 2008 for the 1983 discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS.

INRA

The French National Institute for Agricultural Research is Europe’s top agricultural research institute, with a scope covering food, nutrition, agriculture and environment. INRA teams have leading expertise in sensory and consumer understanding and a unique pipeline on human gut microbiota research.

HARVARD TH Chan SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Founded in 1913 as the US first graduate-training program in public health, it has made decisive contributions in that field. One of its laboratories studies the influence of microbiota in gut health, and produces patents and articles especially in the field of probiotics and intestinal microbiota.

BIOASTER

French Technology Research Institute (TRI) dedicated to infectiology and microbiology, BIOASTER develops an innovative and experimental approach to R&D based on integrating different scientific and technologic disciplines interfacing fundamental research with the industrialisation process. They aim to open new horizons in the understanding of gut microbiota’s impact on health.

SOCIÉTÉ INTERNATIONALE DE NÉPHROLOGIE (ISN)

The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) is a global not-for-profit society dedicated to improving kidney care and reducing the incidence and impact of kidney disease worldwide. Through its global network and programs, it works in a collaborative effort to fight and treat disease on a global scale.

AVANTIUM

Leading technology company specialized in the area of advanced catalytic research, aiming for ground breaking innovations. Avantium developed the YXY technology, which catalytically converts plant based materials into biobased chemicals and bioplastics like PEF, the plastic of the future, 100 % biobased, cost efficient and recyclable.

EASO

The European Association for the Study of Obesity federates 32 national societies, 65 collaborating centres and over 20,000 health professionals. It promotes research on obesity but also facilitates contact between individuals and organisations in order to promote healthy lifestyle and change behaviours.

EFAD

The European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians aims at promoting and developing dietetics on a scientific and professional level, facilitate communication between national dietetic associations and other organisations and encourage a better nutrition in Europe. EFAD is working in partnership with Danone Nutricia Research to achieve embedding healthy hydration in dietitians’ continuous education through the European Healthy Hydration Awareness Campaign.

CIRAD

French agricultural research and international cooperation organization working for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions. Amongst its three scientific departments, Environment & Societies especially covers food security, sustainable nutrition and food styles through the socio-anthropologic prism.

PROJET ICAN

Major EU-funded centre of excellence, the Institute of Cardio-metabolism & Nutrition develops translational research by amplifying links between basic research and its clinical and industrial applications. It specifically works on the role of gut microbiota in cardio-metabolic diseases.

AIX-MARSEILLE UNIVERSITÉ

The NORT (Nutrition Obésité et Risque Thrombotique) joint research unit is dedicated to human nutrition, obesity and thrombotic risks. This unit developed tools to assess the nutritional quality of food and diets, as well as study the feasibility of achieving a healthy diet taking into account various constraints (nutritional, cost, environmental…).

AGROPARISTECH

AgroParisTech, "Paris institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences", is a member of Université Paris-Saclay and is organized into 5 research and education departments. In the Life Sciences and Health department, the Nutrition Physiology and Ingestive Behaviour unit specialises on protein needs and metabolism, control of food intake and prevention of the metabolic syndrome. AgroParisTech hosts the Chaire ANCA a Danone sponsorship focusing on the conception of innovative educational tools in nutrition.

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

The mission of Wageningen UR is to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. The University has a global orientation in the domain of healthy food and living environment for governments and the business community-at-large with an affirmed scientific quality with prominent position in international rankings and citation indexes.

CAMPDEN BRI

Campden BRI is a membership funded organisation focused on food with complementary expertise on product and process research and development together with strong supporting competencies in new and emerging technologies, legislation and consumer insights.

MOOREPARK INSTITUTE

One of the world's leading dairy research centres specialised in pasture-based milk production systems. Research at Moorepark endeavours to anticipate the production needs of a rapidly changing industry and to develop sustainable milk production systems.

A*STAR

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) drives economic-oriented research to advance scientific discovery and technological innovation. A*STAR’s broad spectrum of research capabilities across more than 18 research entities in the biomedical sciences, and physical sciences and engineering, enables it to collaborate with partners through open innovation to benefit society.

UTRECHT UNIVERSITY

The department of pharmaceutical sciences of this Dutch university carries out high-quality research in pharmaceutical sciences. They especially lead immuno-pharmacology programmes focusing on the prevention and treatment of immune mediated diseases, including allergy and inflammation.

MAASTRICHT UNIVERSITY

Within the university, the NUTRIM School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism catalyses translational research into metabolic and chronic inflammatory disorders that will contribute to innovative personalised lifestyle and medicine approaches with a focus on nutrition, toxicology and metabolism.

TIFN - TOP INSTITUTE FOOD & NUTRITION

This public-private consortium conducts strategic scientific research in order to contribute to optimal human nutrition, food safety, and sustainable food production and increase the competitive ability of the food industry. They partner in several European research programmes to bridge the gap between fundamental and company-driven research.

La main à la pâte

La main à la pâte is a foundation for scientific cooperation that aims at improving the quality of science and technology teaching in primary and middle school, both in France and internationally. It supplies educational material and organises training programmes to help teachers use inquiry-based science education methods. These methods stimulate a scientific spirit in pupils, help them understand the world they live in and foster their capabilities to cooperate and be creative. Danone is running two main projects with La main à la pâte: the production of a learning package on “transformation and conservation of food products”, and the organisation of teacher-training sessions on ferments, the fermentation process and yogurt preparation.

WORLD KIDNEY DAY

World Kidney Day is a global worldwide campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems. Awareness about preventive behaviors, risk factors and how to live with a kidney disease. Hundreds of events take place from public screenings to Zumba marathons in Malaysia.