INDUSTRY MEMBERSHIP & THE INDUSTRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
ISAPP recognizes that representatives of companies conducting business in the fields of probiotics, prebiotics, and gut health in general, can provide valuable insight into barriers to success and opportunities for development of this field. As an organization committed to the advancement of the science of probiotics and prebiotics, ISAPP can benefit from such insight. ISAPP’s Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) is composed of all representatives of our member companies and serves the purpose of advising the ISAPP Board of Directors on issues of importance to the science of probiotics and prebiotics, and microbiomes. The IAC exists in an advisory capacity only and does not hold any voting power or undue influence over the decisions of the Board of Directors of ISAPP. The IAC representatives attending the annual meeting choose one IAC member to liaise with the ISAPP Board of Directors to provide industry perspective on issues relevant to the science of microbiomes. This IAC representative is invited to attend most board meetings (whether in person or by conference call) and chairs the IAC meetings at the ISAPP annual meeting.
ISAPP IAC members value their membership in ISAPP for many reasons:
IAC dues provide support for ISAPP activities. ISAPP is a credible, science-based voice focused on advancing the science of probiotics and prebiotics. Our all-academic Board of Directors considers industry input but functions independently. ISAPP accomplishments are only possible through funding by our IAC members. If you value these types of activities, then by supporting ISAPP, you ensure that these activities continue. Summaries of ISAPP activities are found here.
IAC members can attend the ISAPP annual meeting, which is typically by-invitation-only. This meeting focuses on emerging science in probiotics, prebiotics, fermented foods, gut health, and microbiomes. The meeting combines plenary lectures; small, topical, discussion-based workshops; short, late breaking news talks; student posters; and ample opportunity to network with the top experts in the field. The only industry scientists included in the meeting are from IAC companies. Your membership ensures that you can send up to two representatives to the annual meeting. There is no cost for registration, but industry attendees must pay their own travel and accommodations.
ISAPP membership expands and strengthens our scientific and regulatory network on prebiotics, which can help us in future collaborations.
ISAPP provides an independent voice for scientific excellence, and publishing scientific (positions) papers on particular topics in the field of prebiotics
The annual meeting is very valuable to be informed of the latest developments in science in the field of pro- and prebiotics with excellent speakers.
The annual meeting gives excellent opportunities to network with other companies and scientists.
Companies involved in, or developing involvement in, manufacture of probiotics or prebiotics, fermented foods, or products containing them are appropriate for consideration for Industry Advisory Committee membership. Additionally, companies involved more peripherally with the industry will be considered. Overriding principles for inclusion for IAC membership are:
It is the policy of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) and its Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) members to comply with laws and regulations applicable to their activities.
Among other things, ISAPP Board of Directors, the IAC and other participants in ISAPP activities are subject to antitrust laws that prohibit fixing prices, allocating geographic markets, unfair or deceptive practices, setting profit levels; boycotts, and most other anticompetitive actions. ISAPP will neither permit nor condone anti-competitive behavior, whether willful or inadvertent, in connection with any ISAPP activity.
It is the duty of all participants in ISAPP activities to actively adhere to antitrust laws and to this Antitrust Compliance Policy. They are required to report to ISAPP Executive Director any activities, conduct or issues connected in any way to ISAPP that appear to involve significant antitrust risk. Furthermore, they shall interrupt and/or discontinue activities or conversations that pose antitrust risk.
Additionally, discussion among two or more providers that suggests intentional or unintentional fraudulent activity is illegal. Conversations involving discussion of matters that may violate applicable laws and regulations should always be avoided, even in private settings, and cannot be tolerated in connection with any ISAPP meeting or activity. Persons engaging in possible violations of ISAPP policy during meetings or activities will be required to cease such activities, and if necessary, are subject to ejection by the presiding officer of the meeting.
Questions concerning antitrust or other laws or regulations connected to ISAPP activities should be referred immediately to the Executive Director.
ISAPP would like to thank the following companies for their generous financial contributions to the support of the association activities, especially our meetings held in London, Ontario, Canada (2002), Henley-on-Thames, UK (2003), Copper Mountain, Colorado, USA (2004), Coleraine Northern Ireland UK (2006), London UK (2007), London, Ontario, Canada (2008), Irvine, California (2009), Castelldefels, Spain (2010), Berkeley, California (2011), our 10th anniversary meeting in Cork, Ireland (2012), New York City, USA (2013), Aberdeen Scotland (2014), Washington DC (2015), Turku, Finland (2016) and Chicago (2017). Furthermore, the scientific contributions of the representatives from these companies are invaluable, especially as they relate to providing insight into how ISAPP might achieve its mission for advancing the science for the fields of probiotics and prebiotics.