Impact Platforms

The Impact Platforms, focusing on five different areas, aim to unleash purpose driven innovation in the food industry.

The activities in this context include for instance collaborative projects, network events or inspirational talks. It is about bringing a diverse group of stakeholders together to exchange and to collaborate towards a healthier and more sustainable food and nutrition system.

Learn more about our first active Impact Platform below.

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Impact Platforms

The Impact Platforms, focusing on five different areas, aim to unleash purpose driven innovation in the food industry.

The activities in this context include for instance collaborative projects, network events or inspirational talks. It is about bringing a diverse group of stakeholders together to exchange and to collaborate towards a healthier and more sustainable food and nutrition system.

Learn more about our first active Impact Platform below.

Our Impact Platforms

Bringing a diverse group of stakeholders together to drive concrete action in five focus areas:

Precision Nutrition

refers to a new scientific discipline which focuses on the relationship between genes and other individual-specific information, nutrition and health. It seeks to explain how our bodies respond to what we eat and drink – and how we can use that knowledge to promote better health.

Main Applications

  • Healthy ageing
  • Sport performance
  • Physical health
  • Mental health and well-being
  • Medical treatment
  • Animal feed / Pet food

Main Technologies

  • Microbiota multi-omics
  • Next generation sequencing
  • Epigenetics
  • Digital nutrition
  • Big data
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Yellow biotech
  • Digital technologies
  • Precision fermentation
  • Diagnostic technologies

Sustainable Proteins

refer to a more sustainable production of proteins. Cultured food or protein-rich plants, mycelium, algae, microbes can act as new sources for proteins that are healthy and good for the environment. At the same time conventional meat production has an opportunity to become more sustainable too.

Main Applications

  • Protein alternatives
  • Food supplements
  • Smart equipment & intelligent systems
  • Food scents & flavours

Main Technologies

  • Extrusion
  • Extraction / purification
  • Grinding
  • Milling
  • Fine chemistry
  • Natural bioactive extracts

Food Systems 4.0

refers to the digitization process taking place across the entire food supply chain; from traceability and provenance of raw ingredients, food safety solutions in the manufacturing process, to consumer-facing tools for better information access.

Main Applications

  • Traceability
  • Safety
  • Security
  • Sustainable trading
  • Apps for consumer empowerment

Main Technologies

  • IoT / IoM (Internet of Materials)
  • Cloud
  • Blockchain
  • Sensors
  • Web and digital technologies

Future of Farming

refers to news ways of growing our food – from the use of high-tech robotics, data analytics and digital tools for more accurate monitoring of soil, irrigation and strip tilling, to vertical farming, to other sophisticated technologies for higher efficiency and sustainability. 

Main Applications

  • Sustainable farming
  • Water management
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Weeding and early pathogen detection
  • Vertical farming

Main Technologies

  • Drones
  • Satellites
  • Robotics
  • Hyperspectral imaging
  • Machine learning
  • IoT

Sustainable Packaging

refers to the sourcing, development and use of packaging solutions that have a minimal impact and low footprint on the environment, within the overall context of sustainable waste management.

Main Applications

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Replace
  • Biomass valorisation
  • Waste monitoring
  • Data enabled circular economy
  • Smart packaging

Main Technologies

  • Enzymatic processes
  • Microbiology
  • Grey biotech
  • High content imaging
  • Advanced equipment
  • Smart materials 

Our Impact Platforms

Bringing a diverse group of stakeholders together to drive concrete action in five focus areas:

Precision Nutrition

refers to a new scientific discipline which focuses on the relationship between genes, nutrition and health. It seeks to explain how our bodies respond to what we eat and drink – and how we can use that knowledge to promote better health.

Main Applications

  • Healthy ageing
  • Sport performance
  • Physical health
  • Mental health and well-being
  • Medical treatment
  • Animal feed / Pet food

Main Technologies

  • Microbiota multi-omics
  • Next generation sequencing
  • Epigenetics
  • Digital nutrition
  • Big data
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Yellow biotech
  • Digital technologies
  • Precision fermentation
  • Diagnostic technologies

Sustainable Proteins

refer to a more sustainable production of proteins. Cultured food or protein-rich plants, mycelium, algae, microbes can act as new sources for proteins that are healthy and good for the environment. At the same time conventional meat production has an opportunity to become more sustainable too.

Main Applications

  • Protein alternatives
  • Food supplements
  • Smart equipment & intelligent systems
  • Food scents & flavours

Main Technologies

  • Extrusion
  • Extraction / purification
  • Grinding
  • Milling
  • Fine chemistry
  • Natural bioactive extracts

Food Systems 4.0

refers to the digitization process taking place across the entire food supply chain; from traceability and provenance of raw ingredients, food safety solutions in the manufacturing process, to consumer-facing tools for better information access.

Main Applications

  • Traceability
  • Safety
  • Security
  • Sustainable trading
  • Apps for consumer empowerment

Main Technologies

  • IoT / IoM (Internet of Materials)
  • Cloud
  • Blockchain
  • Sensors
  • Web and digital technologies

Future of Farming

refers to news ways of growing our food – from the use of high-tech robotics, data analytics and digital tools for more accurate monitoring of soil, irrigation and strip tilling, to vertical farming, to other sophisticated technologies for higher efficiency and sustainability. 

Main Applications

  • Sustainable farming
  • Water management
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Weeding and early pathogen detection
  • Vertical farming

Main Technologies

  • Drones
  • Satellites
  • Robotics
  • Hyperspectral imaging
  • Machine learning
  • IoT

Sustainable Packaging

refers to the sourcing, development and use of packaging solutions that have a minimal impact and low footprint on the environment, within the overall context of sustainable waste management.

Main Applications

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Replace
  • Biomass valorisation
  • Waste monitoring
  • Data enabled circular economy
  • Smart packaging

Main Technologies

  • Enzymatic processes
  • Microbiology
  • Grey biotech
  • High content imaging
  • Advanced equipment
  • Smart materials 

First Impact Platform:

Precision Nutrition – the way towards a healthier future

Would you like to get involved and learn more about our Impact Platforms?

Yasemin Sharityar

Head of Impact Platforms
yasemin@sfnv.ch

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