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Launched in mid-2013, the Business Platform for Nutrition Research (BPNR) applies the research capacities of global businesses to help define, fund and disseminate new research to improve nutrition in the developing world.

The founding 10 companies are Ajinomoto, Arla Foods, BASF, Britannia, Royal DSM, GlaxoSmithKline, Mars Inc., Nutriset and PepsiCo. With involvement of donors, academia and civil society, the platform’s objective is to develop research that will reduce barriers to entry for new products and technologies that can improve nutrition.

The first two areas of research the platform will explore are bioavailability and biomarkers of nutritional status, and behaviour change communication. In the future, research will likely focus on topics including food safety, implementation science, and links between undernutrition and infectious disease.

The BPNR promotes transparency and rigor in all its work, and is co-funded by a generous contribution from the Government of Canada.