Nestlé Health Science is a company engaged in advancing the role for nutritional therapy in the management of people’s health through investing in innovation and leveraging leading edge science.
By 2020, one billion people in the world will be over 60, increasing the burden on society from obesity and chronic diseases. It is estimated global healthcare costs could rise to between USD 5–10 trillion by the end of the decade. At the same time scientific understanding of health, disease and the potential of nutrition is growing.
Nestlé Health Science aims to champion the role of nutritional therapies that have proven clinical and health economic value, and improve the quality of people’s lives. The company focuses on three areas: Consumer Care, which aims to address specific health conditions with an emphasis on enhancing ‘healthy ageing’; Medical Nutrition, which supplies hospitals and other healthcare facilities; and Novel Therapeutic Nutrition, which works on new nutritional therapies (including prescribed medicines) for specific diseases and conditions that would be administered by a health professional.
Nestlé Health Science is supported in its work by the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) which undertakes fundamental scientific research into how nutrition can be used to empower people to improve and maintain their health.
NIHS research teams are providing greater insight into how our environment, diet and lifestyle intersect with our genetic make-up, gut microorganisms, metabolism and nutritional status to determine our health.
NIHS has established the first complete essential nutrient profiling platform for accurate analysis of nutrient status.
Thanks to the development of digital applications that capture dietary intake, the institute can now combine the information about the nutritional content of diet with measurements in people’s blood. This research offers the prospect of developing personalised nutrition products, including dietary recommendations.
It has also built a natural products screening platform to discover compounds that may already exist in diets around the world and which can be used to improve metabolic and ageing health.
Nestlé Health Science has a range of nutrition solutions, diagnostics, devices and drugs that target health areas, such as paediatric and acute care, metabolic and obesity care, healthy ageing, and gastrointestinal and brain health.