Senior Business Developer – Personalised Nutrition and Health, TNO Healthy Living

Nard Clabbers

After his study of human nutrition at Wageningen University, Mr. Clabbers started working for Numico (now Danone). In the following decade, he held several positions in the food industry where he, as a nutritional scientist, always worked closely together with sales and marketing. An important aspect in his job has always been to optimize communication to very diverse target groups based on the intrinsic value of different nutritional products whilst taking into account the newest scientific knowledge, the market in question and the regulatory possibilities. In his last position before joining TNO in 2011, Clabbers was a member of the Global Nutrition Centre of the Hero Group and responsible for all scientific and regulatory affairs for the Benelux, with brands such as Hero Fruit and the infant nutrition brands Friso, Bledina and Organix.

At TNO, he was responsible for the business line Food and Health before starting as Senior Business Developer Personalized Nutrition and Health in 2015. In this role, Nard Clabbers has set up a large international research consortium that investigates technical and social innovations to enable personalized nutrition through consumer empowerment. This pre-competitive public private partnership is executed in cooperation with Wageningen University and is unique in two ways. Firstly, it combines experts from nutritional, behavioral and ICT sciences in a public-private consortium and secondly it includes private partners along future value chains of personalized nutrition that need each other to develop new business cases in the real world.