Parsippany, N.J./Press Release -- DSM is to facilitate the next International Carotenoid Society (ICS) conference, which will take place in Lucerne, Switzerland, from July 9-14, 2017. The symposium will bring together leading scientific experts from across the world to present and discuss the latest advances in the carotenoids field, including their role in supporting human health and wellbeing. This decision reportedly is recognition of DSM’s key role in the field of carotenoid research and commitment to science and innovation.

Dr. Wolfgang Schalch, principal scientist at DSM has also recently been honored by the ICS with the Presidential Award for "achievements in ocular carotenoids research and dedicated service to the carotenoids field." Schalch has been involved in clinical and experimental research into carotenoids, with a particular emphasis on the role of lutein and zeaxanthin in eye health. He has been a councilor of the International Carotenoid Society since 2008.

Held in Park City, Utah, last week, DSM chaired a luncheon seminar entitled "New perspectives in carotenoids and human health." Professor Manfred Eggersdorfer, senior vice president, Nutrition Science & Advocacy at DSM and professor for Healthy Ageing at the University of Groningen, and Dr. Gerhard Gans, director of Regulatory Affairs at DSM covered the impact of developments in the global regulatory framework on the premarket approval strategies and health claim substantiation for carotenoids in food and feed applications. Professor Jürgen Lademann from Charité University Berlin then presented the latest research on carotenoids and the protection of human skin. 

“We are thrilled that our application to facilitate the ICS Symposium 2017 has been successful and we look forward to bringing renowned carotenoids experts together in an interesting and informative scientific program,” explains Eggersdorfer. “The decision by the ICS is a great recognition of the role DSM plays in advancing carotenoids research. The event will be an excellent opportunity to strengthen relationships between key scientists all over the world, as we work to communicate the function and importance carotenoids have in supporting health and wellbeing.”