Dr Wai Mun Loke
Dr Loke Wai Mun has accumulated substantive academic and industrial expertise in functional food/nutraceutical product R&D and validation.
In 2013, Dr Loke set up the Centre for Functional Food & Human Nutrition at Nanyang Polytechnic, and has since worked with many local food companies to validate and develop novel functional food products. As a convenor with the Singapore Standard Development Office, he created guidelines for the Singapore food industry to design and develop functional food products. In 2017, Dr Loke started Innovprof to bring forth his R&D capability to the functional food industry.
He obtained his PhD with distinction in Chemistry and Pharmacology at the University of Western Australia, and continued his postdoctoral training at the National University of Singapore.
TechExpert Sharing: Overcoming the Challenges of Functional Food/Nutraceutical Product Development & Manufacturing
Functional food or nutraceuticals offer health benefits beyond basic nutrition when consumed. But how does one qualify and quantify the health benefits beyond basic nutrition?
To support health claims for functional food to consumers and regulators, developers and manufacturers of functional food and nutraceuticals need to provide credible justification about the unique beneficial effects associated with their products. Through basic science, engineering (technology), and adequate regulation, food scientists can begin to measure and validate the unique functional components in functional food and nutraceutical products.
This talk focuses on the expertise and tools available for entrepreneurs to develop and manufacture credible functional food/ nutraceutical products. By using examples, Dr Loke will explain how Singapore Food Agency, Singapore Standards Committee, IPI and the food industry partners can help to smoothen the innovation journey for functional food and nutraceutical product developers and manufacturers.