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Nutrition and aging; a sub-niche for Louisville?

April 25, 2014

This tweet caught my attention in April 2014.

Louisville is home to the largest concentration of nursing-home and extended-care companies in the nation. Aging Care

Atria Senior Living, Inc., in particular, highlights its dining programs.  Culinary Excellence, Signature Dining Program, Atria Senior Living.

Louisville is home to Yum! Brands, Inc. (KFC®, Pizza Hut® and Taco Bell®), Papa John’s International, Inc. and Brown-Forman Corporation, as well other notable food and beverage companies.

The December 2013 Advantage Louisville report featured this graph of target industry sectors.  Target sectors include Food and Beverage and Health Innovation (with a subsector long term care). In the graph, those two sectors don’t overlap.  But, they could. Target Sectors

“The region lags in scientific occupations in [the Food and Beverage] sector,” says the Advantage Louisville report.  An idea; Diet-Microbiota Interactions and The Elderly.  How’s that for an opportunity for scientific occupations in the Food and Beverage sector leveraging our Health Innovation long term care subsector?  “A nursing-home diet has a marked effect on an individual’s gut microbiome,” states Microbiome: Cultural differences.  Let’s leverage the community’s resources to explore that.

There’s a great discussion on seniors and nutrition via USC Davis School of Gerontology here (starting at slide 29).

Nutrition and aging could straddle Health IT into the Consumer & Business Services sector.  An example company in this area is InsideTracker. Another is Gene Guru.

Aging tastes at odds with ‘printable’ foods is a great piece by Jacqueline B. Marcus. She mentions 3D printing along with taste. University of Louisville PI Robert Lundy does research on taste.

3D printing of food could include target sectors of Manufacturing and Food and Beverage. The AARP Bulletin recently mentioned 3D printing of food for nursing home residents. This article from Army Technology is a great discussion of 3D printing food; Chow from a 3-D printer? Natick researchers are working on it.

One could envision Logistics & E-Commerce playing a role, too, particularly in distribution of 3D printed food.

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