Aim & Approach
Our aim is to build advanced knowledge and technology platforms that offer broad application opportunities for the industry in the field of food allergy. To reduce the impact of food allergy and possibly even prevent or cure food allergy, there are three major goals:
Food allergy affects 2 to 4% of the general population. Currently, there is no treatment for food allergy accept the avoidance of food products containing proteins to which the consumer is allergic. As of January 2016, TNO has launched a multiannual Shared Research Program in the field of food allergy to build up advanced knowledge and technology in the research area.
The Shared Research Program Food Allergy is a non-profit program, based on the open innovation model, that aims to build knowledge in the research area and enables its participants to apply the knowledge in the company specific application area. TNO orchestrates the program and allows new participants to enter, under agreed conditions. Participants will jointly influence the program content, which will be fine-tuned annually. The program will take a long-term perspective and strategy and, therefore, requires long-term (e.g. 3 year periods) commitment from the partners.
The SRP Food Allergy is divided into several Program Lines, each focused on specific application areas that cover specific research and technologies relevant to specific areas. It is possible to participate in one or multiple program lines. Within each program line the participants actively engage to define the program plan, content and time-frame.
More information: srp-food-allergy-information-tno-2015