IIB partner Fonterra establishes Chair in Human Nutrition

Dairy Cooperative Fonterra – an industry partner of the Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology through the co-location of its research company ViaLactia Biosciences Ltd since 2011, has established the Fonterra Chair in Human Nutrition jointly between the University of Auckland and the Riddet Institute in Palmerston North. Professor Sally Poppitt started in this position on 3 May 2012. She will be primarily based in the School of Biological Sciences, and also carry the role of co-Director of the Human Nutrition Unit, both at the University of Auckland.

The establishment of the Chair is part of Fonterra’s NZD 40M investment in the 7-year, NZD 72M post-farmgate Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) announced in August 2010 which sees Fonterra join forces with the Ministry for Primary Industries, DairyNZ and other industry players in a NZD 170M research programme set to drive new value in the dairy industry.

Fonterra’s General Manager of dairy PGP, Dr Arie Geursen, highlighted Professor Poppitt’s longstanding involvement in dairy nutrition ‘for health and wellness’. Aligned with Fonterra’s nutrition strategies Professor Poppitt’s research will underpin development of novel high-value ingredients and products.