Updated on 22 October 2013
Professor Geoff Cleghorn, chairman, advisory board, Anmum; professor, paediatrics and deputy head, medicine, University of Queensland; and director international, school of medicine, University of Queensland
New Zealand biggest dairy firm, Fonterra, recently collaborated with International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) to fund and support research on female bone health in Indonesia. Fonterra is one of the largest investors in dairy based research in early stage nutrition for formula fed infants. Fonterra is doing research on metabolomics to help understand the differences in formula fed infants as compared to breast fed infants and studying the individual components of breast milk to develop ingredients that aim to achieve similar efficacy to breast milk.
In an interview with BioSpectrum Asia, Professor Geoff Cleghorn, chairman, advisory board, Anmum; professor, paediatrics and deputy head, medicine, University of Queensland; and director international, school of medicine, University of Queensland and Ms Donna Le Quesne, general manager, innovations, Asia / Middle East, Fonterra, New Zealand, talk about activities in Fonterra related to maternal and infant healthcare research.
What are the key trends in Asia related to infant health and nutrition and how is Fonterra positioned to address them?
Professor Cleghorn: With over 30 million babies born in China alone each year, Fonterra's key focus areas is maternal and paediatric nutrition. Additionally, in a region that is becoming increasingly more affluent, consumers are now at a stage where they are able to consider more targeted nutrition for their children, making maternal and paediatric nutrition one of the fastest growing categories in the world.
What are the initiatives undertaken by Fonterra in Asia related to infant health?
Ms Le Quesne: Understanding the needs of mother and their families in Asia has been a focus for Fonterra in Asia and is the main driver behind our Anmum brand. Since the brand's inception, we have been focused on R&D to support the health and wellness needs of mothers and their young children in Asia.
Fonterra established Anmum advisory board in 2007, consisting of internationally respected medical opinion leaders in the area of foetal, infant and child health. The board consists of eight independent researchers and clinicians in child and maternal nutrition and health from six countries and two Fonterra nutrition experts.