Innovation in the biotics field is an important way to address some of our most important challenges in health, and ISAPP is the organization on the forefront of this innovation. This year ISAPP members are excited to debut a new workshop focused on innovation, June 26th at the 2023 ISAPP annual meeting in Denver. For this workshop, the Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) and the Students and Fellows Association (SFA) have joined forces and initiated a new way to share knowledge and promote networking opportunities.
How did the idea of the IAC-SFA innovation workshops come about?
The Innovation Workshops evolved from interest in how SFA and IAC might gain scientific insights from each other. What they have in common is a dedication to cutting-edge science. From this emerged the idea that these groups could convene several concurrent workshop sessions during the pre-meeting program focusing on innovation in the biotic field.
What will be discussed at the workshops?
The concurrent workshops will focus on four topics:
- Innovation in prebiotics: What’s next? Chaired by Marla Cunningham
- Latest advances in microbiome models and biotic screening techniques. Chaired by Brendan Daisley
- Looking to the future for food and biotics. Chaired by Daragh Hill
- Probiotic application beyond the gut: What have we learned and what’s next? Chaired by Mariya Petrova
Guided by IAC and SFA representatives, the attendees at each workshop will discuss topics of interest and attempt to answer relevant questions in the biotics field. For example:
- What are the latest developments in the biotic field regarding research, discoveries, and techniques?
- What problems are we currently facing, and how will we solve them?
- What are the future opportunities, and how can we progress?
How will this advance innovation in the field?
The Innovation Workshops will provide a platform where IAC representatives and SFA members can benefit from the exchange ideas gained from unique viewpoints expressed. Industry members can hear firsthand about innovative research that students and fellows perform in their labs, while students can gain a deeper understanding of some of the considerations for commercialization and opportunities and barriers in the marketplace. By joining forces, we believe these workshops will form a bridge between industry and young generation scientists and provide valuable insights into to the latest biotic questions.
Through initiatives such as these, ISAPP drives scientific innovation in biotics for the benefit of the entire field.