Establishing an Industry Group

Establishing an industry group to assist in the development of a regulatory framework will be critical for the success of business opportunities in nutrigenomics. There is little expertise or awareness of nutrigenomic science in government agencies around the world and, because the science and commercial applications are so new, there are considerable challenges in informing and educating regulatory authorities. Whether discussing the introduction of functional foods, in which pharmaceutical models may not be appropriate either mechanistically or economically, or discussing the nuanced outcomes expected from interventions or testing based on gene-diet or gene-environmental associations, there is considerable need for education regarding the current state of the science and the potential commercial applications of nutrigenomics.

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