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New Zealand and Singapore to Collaborate on Food and Nutrition Research



Five research projects awarded joint grant in areas such as consumer insights, and infant and maternal nutrition

Singapore, June 23, 2014 - (ACN Newswire) - Food and nutrition research in Singapore will receive a boost as the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and New Zealand's Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) will together invest almost S$3.8 million (NZ$3.5 million) in joint research projects. The research collaboration will foster further cooperation between researchers from both countries and advance Singapore's research in food and nutrition science.

Five research teams were selected to receive funding. They are based in New Zealand and Singapore, and will investigate various aspects of food and nutritional science. This includes understanding Asian consumer insights and optimising diets for infant and maternal nutrition. With Asia experiencing a boom in its middle class, characterised by larger disposable incomes and more hectic lifestyles, Asian consumers are increasingly placing a greater emphasis on nutrition and its impact on health.

To reach out to the Asian market, some of the world's largest food and beverage companies have based their research operations in Singapore, leveraging on its position as a hub for Asia and the ability for its multi-ethnic population to provide valuable insight into consumer preferences. As an export destination, Asia also forms approximately 40 percent of New Zealand's F&B exports by value[1].

New Zealand has established itself internationally as a leader in agri-food research across a wide range of areas. With a global reputation for high standards of food quality, safety and traceability, New Zealand has also put in place key infrastructure that will aid the development of the food and beverage industry. Its scientific research in F&B is supported by a network of government research institutes like AgResearch, and institutes of higher learning, such as Massey Universtiy, the University of Auckland, and the University of Otago.

Research in food and nutrition has been identified as a key priority for Singapore in the biomedical sciences. In addition to forming partnerships with leading companies, A*STAR has also embarked on several initiatives to establish itself as the research collaborator of choice for the global food and nutrition industry, also establishing Singapore as a global hub for food science and nutrition. These include the setting up of the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre by A*STAR and the National University Health System (NUHS), the first centre in Asia with comprehensive capabilities for food and nutrition research.

Mr Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman of A*STAR, said, "This new partnership will bring together New Zealand's expertise in the development and production of nutritious foods, and A*STAR's strong capabilities in food and nutrition research, to further develop our understanding of the nutritional needs of Asian populations. This bilateral collaboration adds to others that we have established to position Singapore as a global hub for food and nutrition research."

Dr Prue Williams, General Manager, Science Investments at MBIE's Science, Skills and Innovation Group said, "Food and biomedical science are coming closer together as researchers attempt to prove the relationships between food, health, and the risk of developing disease. New Zealand's world-class food and nutrition science capabilities combined with Singapore's excellent knowledge base and access to impressive science infrastructure creates an exciting opportunity for collaborative gains for Singapore and New Zealand."

The Singapore-New Zealand collaboration is a result of an agreement signed between A*STAR and MBIE in June 2013. The collaborative projects will commence in June 2014.

For an overview of A*STAR-MBIE Joint Project details, please refer to http://bit.ly/Tmd5Vd.

[1] New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, Exporting F&B to East Asia, 2013

About A*STAR

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore's lead public sector agency that fosters world-class scientific research and talent to drive economic growth and transform Singapore into a vibrant knowledge-based and innovation driven economy.

In line with its mission-oriented mandate, A*STAR spearheads research and development in fields that are essential to growing Singapore's manufacturing sector and catalysing new growth industries. A*STAR supports these economic clusters by providing intellectual, human and industrial capital to its partners in industry.

A*STAR oversees 18 biomedical sciences and physical sciences and engineering research entities, located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis, as well as their vicinity. These two R&D hubs house a bustling and diverse community of local and international research scientists and engineers from A*STAR's research entities as well as a growing number of corporate laboratories. For more information on A*STAR, please visit www.a-star.edu.sg.

Source: A*STAR

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