Larta Institute, AURI, MyFormulary USA, and Mercy Hospitality Announce Food & Health Forum

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You Are What You Eat: The Nexus of Food & Health to take place October 11, 2018 at Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis, MN

Furthering its efforts to convene leading experts and ideas on the forefront of food and agriculture innovation, Larta Institute’s Global Ag Innovation Network (GAIN) will join forces with AURI (Agriculture Utilization Research Institute), MyFormulary USA, and Mercy Hospitality to host an aptly-named forum, You Are What You Eat: The Nexus of Food & Health, highlighting how food and ingredients play a role in health and their importance to disease prevention and treatment, on October 11, 2018 at-Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis.

While it is well-understood that diet and food play a central role in health, the recent explosion of public interest in wellness products has underscored the importance of “whole body” approaches to health, including exciting developments in the study of the microbiome, and the conflict between fact-based choices and popular opinion. Consumer-centric products are gaining market popularity, disrupting traditional relationships between food companies and the marketplace, while underscoring the need for health education and regulation to maintain public health standards.

In response to the increasing dialog over food and health, this forum will feature experts in data modeling, disease management and actuarial insurance, along with entrepreneurs who are charting the arc of innovation in the broader field of food and health. The agenda features panels, keynotes, and presentations from well-respected experts in the field, including Dr. Elizabeth Kordas, Founder and CEO of Step One Foods, Greg Thompson, Chief Food Law Counsel of General Mills and and Mark Kaster, Partner at Dorsey and Whitney LLP.

Other sessions include Disease Management Through Food: How the Prevention and Treatment Landscape is Being Reshaped and Health Insurance & Functional Food: A Vision for The Future.

You Are What You Eat: The Nexus of Food & Health will showcase an impressive selection of speakers including Ed Rogers, Founder & CEO of Bonumose, Tammy Lee, President and CEO of Recombinetics, Dr. Jaeyun Sung, Asst. Professor of Surgery at Mayo Clinic Ventures Microbiome Project, and representatives of AURI, Larta Institute, My Formulary USA, and Mercy Hospitality.

Additionally, local executive chefs will demonstrate the preparation of nutritious and delicious foods for a tasting lunch followed by a keynote on how to bring Functional Foods into our daily lives. Following the event, a cocktail reception will be held for all attendees and speakers.

“We are excited to explore the intersection of food, agriculture, medicine, and health in Minnesota, which, by any standard is one of the leading centers of food production and agribusiness in the world,” says Rohit Shukla, CEO of Larta Institute, who will also be speaking at the event. “Together with AURI, which is at the forefront of Minnesota’s efforts for agriculturally-based innovation, we will envision the issues and opportunities that will mark the future of ag for the region, and for the world.”

“This is sure to be a one-of-a-kind event focusing on innovative opportunities and approaches to the food and health intersection. By partnering with Larta Institute and MyFormulary, we can further explore how consumers are taking a greater interest in their food choices,” says Shannon Schlecht, AURI Executive Director. “This event will provide a great opportunity to highlight a breadth of industry leading perspectives to inform participants of new health and food options.”

This event also aims to drive conversations around how foods can likely lead to better management of the health care trifecta of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Additionally, discussions will look at how food ingredients can improve human health to help advance opportunities in the health-food nexus revolution.

Registration for the full day event is still open, please find more information here:

About Larta Institute
Larta Institute, founded in Los Angeles in 1993, is an internationally recognized and mission-driven innovation accelerator that provides a runway of success for world-changing ideas in healthcare, agriculture and energy. Larta Institute has helped more than 10,000 companies transform ideas into commercialized innovations that feed, fuel and heal the world. With a global network of entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, industry leaders, research institutions, government agencies and support organizations, Larta conducts commercialization assistance programs throughout the U.S. and in more than 20 countries. Follow us on Twitter @LartaInstitute.

About AURI
The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) helps develop new uses for agricultural products through science and technology, partnering with businesses and entrepreneurs to bring ideas to reality. We generate economic impact in Minnesota communities by helping businesses take advantage of innovative opportunities in four focus areas: biobased products, renewable energy, coproducts and food.

About MyFormulary
MyFormulary is an online resource and retailer for the health-curious and health-conscious consumer to learn about and purchase healthy foods, vitamins, and supplements. Their patented Efficacy Engine™ synthesizes an individual’s health conditions, fitness goals, and preferences to deliver highly personalized product and recipe recommendations derived from peer-reviewed clinical research. By making nutrition products and information accessible, MyFormulary empowers consumers with Functional Foods for Optimal Health™.

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