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1,000+ IFF SCIENTISTS WITH A BIG VISION

In today’s world, people sense their body is out of balance and misaligned, but they don’t know why.

Often that sensation is not just the result of improper diet and a sedentary lifestyle. It’s a result of poor microbiome function in the gut. That’s why IFF Health collaborates with more than a 1,000 scientists to realize our vision for probiotics, prebiotics, botanicals and combo formulations driven by microbiome science and clinical research. By understanding microbiome dynamics in the gut, we have clearer insights into future innovation of new probiotic strains that make greater contributions to meeting consumers’ unique needs—and their overall health and wellbeing.

It’s a number that’s almost unbelievable: There is one microbe cell for every human cell in your body. And what is really surprising: All those micro cells are alive—and growing. They form about 0.3% of your body weight and, if massed together, would be about the size of a kidney.

Collectively, those cells are known as a “microbiota” because they live within the body but are not part of it. Because of the close connection the microbiome has with its human host, each individual person has a distinctive microbiome. It’s a unique microcelluar fingerprint that requires personalized dietary interventions when good and bad bacteria become imbalanced—a condition known as “dysbiosis.”

When properly balanced for the individual, probiotics and prebiotics can work together to enhance the microbiome. Overall health and wellness benefits include:

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Regulating digestion to alleviate intestinal discomfort symptoms such as occasional constipation and diarrhea
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Inhibiting harmful bacteria and suppressing the production of toxins in the intestines
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Lowering blood cholesterol levels
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Synthesizing vitamins within the intestines
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Helping manage metabolism
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Supporting the immune system
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Supports brain health through the microbiota-gut-brain axis
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Supporting reduction of perceived stress levels
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Producing organic acids and bacteriocins, to help reduce the risk of pathogens colonization

Microbiome Innovators

HOWARU®, an IFF brand, is led by a talented innovation team with cross-functional competencies in microbiome science.

Our scientific experts are a global resource for your brand; developers of cutting edge innovation led by passion for health and wellness at every life stage.

The evolution of probiotics began in Europe. Our pride in our rich history of innovating global health and wellness is a cornerstone of our business.

MEET SEVERAL OF THE IFF HEALTH INNOVATORS LOCATED IN KANTVIK, FINLAND.

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Dr. Elaine Patterson, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist
Brain Health

“I am interested in investigating how the trillions of microorganisms, that live within and on our bodies can communicate with the brain and vice-versa. We call this pathway of communication the microbiota-gut-brain axis and we now know that by altering the microbes in the gut, for example through diet or probiotic intake, we can target gut-brain signaling pathways to influence how the brain functions, and how we behave.”

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Dr. Henna-Maria Kailanto, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist
Early Life Health

“As a Tech Lead of Early life Nutrition Platform, my work is to innovate, design and manage studies that increase our knowledge on how infant health could be supported via microbiome modulation. This modulation can be done via products that either contain probiotics, meaning living microbes that can go through infant gastrointestinal tract alive, or prebiotics, which are food for these beneficial microbes.”

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Dr. Liisa Lehtoranta, Ph.D.

R&D Manager
Gynecology and Urinary Health

“As part of the R&D team, we investigate beneficial good bacteria, called probiotics. We aim to understand how probiotics work in our bodies and provide health benefits, for instance, by supporting the function of the microbes within us. In my role I am especially intrigued by how probiotics could support women’s health, like how probiotics support mothers’ health in pregnancy.”

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Dr. Markus Lehtinen, Ph.D. BEng

Principle Scientist
Immune Health

“I work in a team that investigates what kind of effects bacteria, tiny living creatures in our gut, have on human health. My role is to help the team to understand the effect of bacteria on the immune system, composed of tiny human cells, that fights off the bad bacteria and takes care of the good bacteria.”

Insights and Expertise

Dr. Kaisa Airaksinen, Ph.D.

R&D Manager
Metabolic Health

“I am extremely happy and proud of enabling/witnessing the launch of the first yoghurt-based product in the Finnish market containing a combination of our bifidobacteria (B420™) and dietary fiber (polydextrose). This product was launched in 2020 and has been available for Finnish consumers ever since. The product is truly unique, and I have been involved in developing the science behind it for 10+ years. I took part in the very initial screening tests for the B420™ strain in our lab back in 2007.”

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Dr. Arthur Ouwehand, Ph.D.

Technical Fellow
Digestive Health

“With digestive health people are usually thinking about things like bowel function and diarrhea. However, the intestine is connected to many other organ systems through hormonal, neurological and immunological pathways. Some may be aware of the gut-brain-axis. But in fact, there are many other gut-axes. Digestive health is therefore key to general health.”

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