Consultant on Beneficial Microbes - Probiotics - Prebiotics - Synbiotics : Koen Venema
One of the leading experts on Beneficial Microbes with over 20 years of experience. More than 100 publications. Initiator of the Beneficial Microbes Conferences and Editor-in-chief of the journal 'Beneficial Microbes'.
I am Koen Venema, PhD. Practically my entire scientific career I have been working on what I now call Beneficial Microbes®
I received my PhD in Natural Sciences at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, on the antimicrobial activity of bacteriocins produced by lactic acid bacteria (LAB).
I then pursued the health-beneficial activity of these microbes as a PostDoc at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA, where I studied the potential of LAB to function as carrier for vaccines.
After that I have been employed by TNO for > 15 years, where I used the sophisticated, dynamic, computer-controlled in vitro models of the gastro-intestinal tract (developed by TNO, and nick-named TIM) to study i) the survival of probiotics in TIM-1, and ii) the effect of functional foods and drugs on the activity and composition of the colonic microbiota in TIM-2. Within TNO I led many multi-disciplinary projects on health of the host (e.g., gut health, inflammatory disease, allergy, obesity).
In the period 2004-2009 I have been project leader within the Public Private Partnership ‘Top Institute Food & Nutrition’ (TIFN), of which TNO is a partner. Within this multidisciplinary project the research was devoted to the effect of the activity of the microbiota on gut health using stable isotopes. Since January 2011 I am again project leader within TIFN, of a new project that looks at the molecular interaction of prebiotics/fibers and probiotics with the immune system of the host, using a set of sophisticated in vitro tools.
Since January 2014 I have started my own company in the area of Beneficial Microbes® Consultancy.
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