Launched in 1989, the biennial, global “Probiotics, Prebiotics & New Foods” conference has been held in Rome, at the prestigious Università Urbaniana. Established and developed over the past twenty years from the firm belief that probiotics provide health benefits on the host, which today is a notion stated in literature and widely accepted by esteemed researchers.  

Numerous recent metagenomic studies have provided information on the composition of microbiota in healthy and sick individuals. A high diversity of microbiota is generally held to be associated with a healthy state. Whereas, a loss in such diversity is often associated with an illness: It is worth noting, that over 25 illnesses have been related to an altered microbiota state.

As the conference has evolved and new studies and research have come to light, the topics have been extended to cover other related areas in the science of Probiotics and Prebiotics, such as nutraceuticals and botanicals.

The 2019 10th Edition of the conference will continue to explore the latest probiotics and prebiotics R&D, innovative product development strategies including regulatory considerations and commercialization strategies, all of which are of significant interest to the pharmaceutical industry.

Over 5,000 people from diverse backgrounds have attended previous editions. These have included; GPs, clinicians, microbiologists, biologists, virologists, veterinary surgeons, dieticians, nutritionists and researchers. Industry representatives from the areas of marketing, legal and R&D have also participated. The wide array of people from around the globe has provided stimulating input not only from a medical perspective, but also from a social perspective.

Furthermore, previous editions have showcased important data and research on the science of probiotics. For example, in 2007, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) defined and presented key guidelines for probiotics.

In addition reputable International Organisations, namely; the Yoghurt and live fermented milks international association (YLFA), the Society for Microbial Ecology and Disease (SOMED) and the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) presented papers on innovative developments and the future role that probiotics has on maintaining health and preventing diseases.  

In light of the growing interest in the science of Probiotics and Prebiotics and the increase in participant attendance over the years, we are pleased to announce a unique networking opportunity for this years’ edition. Participants will be able to arrange meetings, prior to the conference, with industry leaders and researches, via our B2B platform and meet face to face during the conference. We hope you will take advantage of this business relationship building opportunity.

The 10th edition will also see the introduction of a new incubator project which, through workshops coordinated by selected tutors, will enable the participants to study the processes of commercial projects from the initial research phase through to the marketing of products and services.

During every edition of the conference the scientific committee receives more than 120 abstracts, many of which are published.

We are delighted that the International Probiotics Association Europe (IPA) will be our training partner for this edition and the organization, Federsalus, will be the partner representing the national industry.

Over the past 20 years the Rome “Probiotics, Prebiotics & New Foods” conference has proved to be as an invaluable event facilitating a global cooperation between scientists and the industry. 

We are excited to present the 10th edition of the conference and look forward to welcoming you to Rome for what promises to be a most fruitful and successful experience.