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Nestle partners with Samsung to develop digital health platform

FBR Staff Writer Published 29 July 2016

Swiss food company Nestle has partnered with technology giant Samsung to develop a new digital health platform for personalized recommendations on nutrition, lifestyle and fitness.

Under the partnership, both the firms will collaborate on research to explore the potential of nutrition science and digital sensor technologies to offer insights into healthy living.

Nestlé chief technology officer Stefan Catsicas said: “It will advance our Nutrition, Health and Wellness strategy, to support people who want to live a healthier lifestyle.”

At the initial stage, the platform development will be carried out by the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS), in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Samsung Strategy and Innovation Centre (SSIC), headquartered in Silicon Valley, California.

However, the collaboration is aimed at combining ‘Internet of Things’ with breakthrough nutrition science in the long-term.

Samsung said in a statement: “This collaboration aims to combine IoT, scientifically validated bio sensors, advanced multi-modal technology, and comprehensive nutritional approach to provide people with entirely new awareness into health and wellness.”

Further details on the platform are expected to be announced when the first pilots begin in early 2017.

The collaboration aims to better understand the voice of the body by combining Samsung ARTIK IoT platform vision, deep semiconductor expertise, and a global platform of smart device solutions, together with Nestlé’s expertise in nutrition and biomedical science.

Samsung Electronics device solutions president and chief strategy officer Young Sohn said: ““Today, we live in an era where the data from sensors and devices in our daily lives, such as mobile phones, wearables, and ‘smart’ homes, can help us to understand our nutrition and activity and to guide us towards a healthier lifestyle.”