Davisco announces Alpha Summit 2015

The event will bring world-leading alpha-lactalbumin experts together for the first time

Aug 03, 2015, 12:49 ET from Davisco

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Davisco, Business Unit of Agropur inc., today announced Alpha Summit 2015: an exclusive technical event in Jerome, Idaho, that will take place August 4-5. The summit will convene dozens of renowned scientists from the United States, China, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Ireland, and more for a learning and discussion session on bovine alpha-lactalbumin.

Alpha-lactalbumin is the primary protein in human milk and Davisco produces the cleanest commercially available form at more than 92 percent purity. This protein is valuable for infant nutrition and the level of purity Davisco achieves allows infant formula manufacturers to produce products that more closely resemble human breast milk. The summit will also explore tryptophan's role in metabolic processes, as Davisco's alpha-lactalbumin is uniquely high in this amino acid.

"This is the first time that this level of alpha-lactalbumin expertise will be together in one spot," said Polly Olson, Vice President of New Business Development, Sales and Marketing at Davisco. "Davisco, Business Unit of Agropur, produces the purest alpha-lactalbumin in the world at our factory in Jerome, Idaho. It's appropriate that we hold the Alpha Summit in Southern Idaho, creating a think tank of scientists in dairy protein research throughout the world."

Alpha Summit attendees will receive a tour of Davisco's state-of-the-art Jerome Cheese Facility, an engineering marvel that can create more than 1 million pounds of alpha-lactalbumin per year. In the recent past, teams of lab scientists could only produce about five grams of alpha-lactalbumin over the course of a week. The Alpha Summit will also include a seminar featuring nine individuals who are leaders in their respective research fields.

Alpha Summit Speakers

Juan Gonzalez, PhD, MBA

Mead Johnson Nutrition, USA

Allen Foegeding, PhD

North Carolina State University

Lloyd Metzger, PhD

South Dakota State University

Mark Fenelon, PhD

Teagasc Food Research Center, Ireland

John Fernstrom, PhD

University of Pittsburgh

Ilo Leppik, MD

University of Minnesota

Paul Moughan, PhD, DSc, DSc(Hon), FRSNZ, FRSC

Riddet Institute, Massey University, New Zealand

Rob Markus, PhD

Psychopharmacology, Maastricht University, Netherlands

Donald Layman, Professor Emeritus

Food Science & Human Nutrition, University of Illinois


"I'm very excited to be participating as a speaker at the Alpha Summit," Allen Foegeding said. "The fact that this many dairy experts are coming together for the Alpha Summit shows how important alpha-lactalbumin is to human nutrition and development."


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