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Asia's first under-1-roof Nutritional Research Centre set up in Singapore
Date:1/29/2014

The Clinical Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC) -- a $20 million joint-venture by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and National University Health Systems (NUHS) -- is the most comprehensive centre in Asia that will conduct nutritional studies to understand the causes of metabolic diseases such as diabetes and obesity, and develop products and formulate diets that can reduce the risks of these diseases. CNRC will also conduct studies in research areas such as nutrition in women, children and the elderly, and body weight control (Detailed in Annex A).

2. As the first centre in Asia to have under-one-roof capabilities to perform research across the food chain and at all levels from the cellular level to whole-body nutrition, the CNRC will play an integral role in developing Singapore as a major hub for food and nutrition research. Having developed a strong base of R&D capabilities, Singapore is already home to some of the world's largest nutrition companies who have set up R&D centres here (Detailed in Annex B) to access Asian markets by tapping on Singapore's access to various ethnicities. Since CNRC's inception in late 2012, several collaborative projects with various food & nutrition companies have already been clinched. Our industry partners include BENEO Asia Pacific, Danone, DSM, Nestl and Mead Johnson.

3. Mr Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman A*STAR said, "A*STAR, working closely with our partners from NUS and NUHS and the wider research community, has made Singapore an attractive and competitive location for food and nutrition research. Last week, we announced a new partnership with the largest food and nutrition company in the world, Nestl. This new research collaboration will bring together capabilities and expertise from both sides in a complementary way to design better products for the consumers."

4. Besides having a network of industry contacts and collaborations, CNRC has a range of important academic collabora
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Contact: Vithya Selvam
vithya_selvam@a-star.edu.sg
656-826-6291
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore
Source:Eurekalert  

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