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Consultant on Beneficial Microbes - Probiotics - Prebiotics - Synbiotics : Koen Venema 

One of the leading experts on Beneficial Microbes with over 20 years of experience. More than 100 publications. Initiator of the Beneficial Microbes Conferences and Editor-in-chief of the journal 'Beneficial Microbes'.

 

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I am Koen Venema, PhD. Practically my entire scientific career I have been working on what I now call Beneficial Microbes®

I received my PhD in Natural Sciences at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, on the antimicrobial activity of bacteriocins produced by lactic acid bacteria (LAB).

I then pursued the health-beneficial activity of these microbes as a PostDoc at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA, where I studied the potential of LAB to function as carrier for vaccines.

After that I have been employed by TNO for > 15 years, where I used the sophisticated, dynamic, computer-controlled in vitro models of the gastro-intestinal tract (developed by TNO, and nick-named TIM) to study i) the survival of probiotics in TIM-1, and ii) the effect of functional foods and drugs on the activity and composition of the colonic microbiota in TIM-2. Within TNO I led many multi-disciplinary projects on health of the host (e.g., gut health, inflammatory disease, allergy, obesity).

In the period 2004-2009 I have been project leader within the Public Private Partnership ‘Top Institute Food & Nutrition’ (TIFN), of which TNO is a partner. Within this multidisciplinary project the research was devoted to the effect of the activity of the microbiota on gut health using stable isotopes. Since January 2011 I am again project leader within TIFN, of a new project that looks at the molecular interaction of prebiotics/fibers and probiotics with the immune system of the host, using a set of sophisticated in vitro tools.

I am the initiator and co-organizer of the Beneficial Microbes Conference-series and I am Editor-in-chief of the journal Beneficial Microbes.

Since January 2014 I have started my own company in the area of Beneficial Microbes® Consultancy

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3rd International Symposium of Probiotics and Prebiotics in Pediatrics

Ghent, Belgium 

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International Conference on Beneficial Microbes-2 (ICOBM-2)

Phuket, Thailand 

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12-16
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Summer Course Glycosciences: 14th European Training Course on Carbohydrates

Groningen, The Netherlands 

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21–23
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The International Scientific Conference on Probiotics and Prebiotics – IPC2016

Budapest, Hungary 

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10-12
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5th Beneficial Microbes Conference

Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

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SIBAL2016: 5th Symposium on LAB

San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina 

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4th Symposium on Pro- & Prebiotics - Probiotics in Disease prevention

Jakarta, Indonesia 

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Keystone symposia - Gut Microbiota, Metabolic Disorders and Beyond

Newport, Rhode Island, USA 

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13-24
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Kellogg's Nutition Summit                    

Sitges, Spain 

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 PAST & PRESENT

 

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1) I studied Biochemistry at the University of Groningen, and obtained my BSc in 'Natural Sciences'. I continued at the same university to get my PhD on the production of bacteriocins by lactic acid bacteria. I also did a brief PostDoc at this university on the same subject.



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2) I then continued my career as a PostDoc at the North Carolina State University in the Food Science Department, where I studied the use of lactobacilli as carrrier for vaccins, particularly for in ovo injection in eggs for chickens.

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3) When back in the Netherlands, I did a PostDoc in the Laboratory of Phytopathology of the Wageningen University, studying the interaction of fungi (Mycosphaerella graminicola) with their host (wheat). 

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4) Then TNO phoned and convinced me to work for them. Since part of the work involved the TNO in vitro model of the colon (TIM-2), I practically immediately said yes, and expanded that work, until it was all I did at TNO. I have spent 15 years at TNO studying the use of the TNO in vitro models (nick-named TIM) for the development of functional foods, with an emphasis on probiotics and prebiotics, or what I nowadays call: beneficial microbes

 

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5) While at TNO, I ran two projects at the Top Institute Food Nutrition (or Wageningen Centre for Food Sciences as it was called when I started). As a project manager I coordinated two projects on i) gut microbiota activity and its relation to health, and ii) the interactions of probiotics and prebiotics/fibers with the host.

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6) I initiated the conference series on Beneficial Microbes. The first three were organized when I was at TNO and were hence called the TNO Beneficial Microbes Conference. At present they are organized by Bastiaanse Communication and are 'just' called Beneficial Microbes Conference. The next is on March 16-18, 2015 in The Hague, the Netherlands.

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7) Bastiaanse Communication and Wageningen Academic Publishers asked me to be Editor-in-chief of the journal Beneficial Microbes, which stems from the conference series, with Daan Barugg as the founding father. Started in 2010, we obtained our first Thomson ISI impact factor in 2012 of 1.474. In 2013 it increased to 1.500.

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8) In January 2014 I started my own consultancy company:

'Beneficial Microbes® Consultancy'.

 



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9) In September of 2014 I started at Maastricht University - campus Venlo as Associated Professor. Here I am setting up my own research group, continuing the work on Beneficial Microbes using the TIM-systems. As of Nov 01, 2015 I am Full Professor at Maastricht University.