BIBAFOODS – University of Copenhagen


Biopolymer Based Food Delivery Systems - BIBAFOODS

An Initial Training Network (ITN) funded by the FP7-PEOPLE-2013 programme

The aim of BIBAFOODS is to train young researchers in developing colloidal delivery systems to protect and deliver active components via foods, resulting in novel functional foods.

Materials and coatings can be made responsive to the external chemical conditions and therefore suitable for controlled releases targeted at a desired stage during food processing or at a specific point during digestion of the food, e.g. in the intestinal tract. This will involve probiotic bacteria and enzymes that are liberated and allowed to be active in a controllable way. The ultimate successful materials ensure stability of the active component during long-term storage prior to food production, during food production or during digestion, but at the same time liberating the active component at the right point.

The behavior and interaction of the delivery systems will be studied by simulation of gastric and intestinal conditions and by implementation in food production and formulation into probiotic products.

The researchers trained in BIBAFOODS will obtain skills necessary for the development of the sustainable food industry, and they will be provided with entrepreneurial competences crucial for creating biotechnological food oriented start-up companies.

Coordinator: Associate Professor Jens Risbo, University of Copenhagen
Project period: 1 February 2014 – 31 January 2018
Funding: EUR 3,765,084