Exploring New Frontiers with Smart Innovations in Protein

Session Track: Protein Enhancement: Product Development Strategies & Applications
Session Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014; 3:15 - 4:00 p.m.

Session Description

There is a continuum of consumers seeking wellness-based functional foods and supplements to live healthy throughout their life-stages. Innovations in the
nutrition industry are being driven by consumers anticipating age-related changes in appearance, lifestyle and independence as well as disease prevention and management. This session will take you through case studies that showcase ways to optimize protein functionality in foods, including taking protein beyond a building block, applying protein metabolism in product design and applications, and designing products to enhance and complement protein function in the body.

Speaker Information

Deepa Shenoy, Ph.D., Open Innovation-Amway Global R&D

Deepa Shenoy, PhD is part of the Open Innovation team at Amway Global R&D. She develops innovative product strategies and market opportunities in functional foods, beverages and supplements. Deepa champions new technologies for the healthy aging and wellness consumer of Amway’s $12 Billion direct-sell marketplace of 5M business owners across 85 countries.

Deepa is a Molecular Biologist with a doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  Her expertise is in the areas of Aging, Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases.  She has a broad range of responsibilities ranging from new product discovery, design and development to patents and regulatory compliance in food, beverage and nutraceuticals. Deepa is also an award-winning entrepreneur and founder of a health food company for which she has developed and launched novel ready-to-eat functional foods in market.