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DSM and Padang & Co. announce strategic partnership with FoodInnovate to advance food innovation in Singapore

Startups, SMEs and corporate partners at the Hub can access FoodInnovate’s extensive networks, Royal DSM’s application centres and technical expertise for prototyping and development of nutrition products, IncuBaker® shared kitchen for small-batch production, and IncuBaker® Café for market validation of products.

Bright Science & Technology Innovation Hub (“Bright Science Hub”), set up by Royal DSM and Padang & Co., celebrates a milestone today (19 October) as a resource partner of FoodInnovate, a multi-government agency initiative led by Enterprise Singapore, the government agency championing enterprise development through innovation, establishing the country as a food and nutrition hub in Asia.

Anchored by DSM and powered by Padang & Co, Bright Science Hub was first established in November 2019 to connect technology startups, entrepreneurs and other partners to foster innovation that can deliver positive impact in the Asia-Pacific region.

Leveraging DSM’s network, technical expertise in emerging science and application centers, the Hub enables members to build their capabilities and accelerate product development, with the overarching purpose of promoting equitable access to healthy food and nutrition and enabling more sustainable food production within planetary boundaries.

Through the partnership with FoodInnovate, Bright Science Hub member companies can now access IncuBaker®, Singapore’s only shared kitchen endorsed by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), to create new products and validate novel concepts at the adjacent IncuBaker® Café. IncuBaker® allows its members to focus fully on their products with IncuBaker® responsible for the surrounding regulatory processes.

“The process from production to validation becomes seamless for the first time in Singapore. Startups now enjoy the same access as large corporations to networks and technical expertise, and use end-to-end infrastructure specifically designed for food innovation,” said Terence Ho, IncuBaker® Founder.

Anand Sundaresan, Regional Vice President DSM Human Nutrition and Health, Asia-Pacific, said: “Bright Science Hub enables us to collaborate with startups and corporate partners, which is critical to driving innovation in the nutrition space.

The collaboration fits perfectly with our purpose-led performance driven strategy, focused on addressing the region’s biggest challenges and pushing co-creation of breakthrough solutions we all need to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are delighted to join FoodInnovate and partner with IncuBaker® and look forward to contributing to the food innovation ecosystem in Singapore and beyond”.

Bernice Tay, Director of Food Manufacturing, Enterprise Singapore, said: “We are pleased to have Bright Science Hub join us as a FoodInnovate Resource Partner. Bright Science Hub converges the strengths of DSM as a global science-based company active in nutrition and Padang & Co as an innovation catalyst, to offer companies’ access to health and nutrition knowledge and critical infrastructure.

This will help our food companies create and commercialise a wider portfolio of food products including plant based proteins and functional foods in line with the evolving nutrition needs and taste preferences of consumers.”

Bright Science Hub will continue to innovate and look for startups, corporate and ecosystem partners to invest in the Singapore ecosystem. The current health pandemic has underlined the need to pull together with like-minded partners that will drive co-creation of breakthrough solutions that deliver positive impact in the Asia-Pacific region.

For more information on the Bright Science & Technology Innovation Hub, visit: brightsciencehub.com, or to book a tour reach out to us at hello@brightsciencehub.com

DSM – Bright Science. Brighter Living.™

Royal DSM is a global, purpose-led, science-based company active in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. DSM’s purpose is to create brighter lives for all. DSM addresses with its products and solutions some of the world’s biggest challenges while simultaneously creating economic, environmental and societal value for all its stakeholders – customers, employees, shareholders, and society at large. DSM delivers innovative solutions for human nutrition, animal nutrition, personal care and aroma, medical devices, green products and applications, and new mobility and connectivity. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 23,000 employees. The company was founded in 1902 and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. More information can be found at www.dsm.com.

Padang & Co

Padang & Co is an innovation catalyst, connecting technology startups with multinational organisations such as Unilever, MUFG, Rolls-Royce, and Rabobank, and creating new opportunities for innovation. Padang & Co is also the architect of LEVEL3 (L3.work), the pioneering enterprise-led coworking space launched in 2017 in partnership with Unilever Foundry, as well as CATALYST (thecatalyst.sg), a hub for the health and medical technology community. Padang & Co will be designing the events and programmes, and managing the Bright Science & Technology Innovation Hub workspace. More information can be found at padang.co.

Enterprise Singapore

Enterprise Singapore is the Singapore government agency championing enterprise development. It also supports the growth of Singapore as a hub for global trading and startups. The agency attracts global commodities traders to establish their global or Asian home base in Singapore. Today, Singapore is a leading global trading hub with a complete ecosystem for the energy, agri-commodities and metals & minerals trading clusters. Singapore is also home to many global enterprises, startups and investors that operate in its robust pro-enterprise environment. Enterprise Singapore builds trust in Singapore’s products and services through quality and standards. Renowned for their dedication to quality and innovation, Singapore companies make ideal business partners. With Enterprise Singapore’s global network in over 35 locations spanning many developed and emerging markets, it connects businesses with relevant Singapore companies for their business expansion.

IncuBaker®

IncuBaker® was started in 2018 by the husband and wife team of Terence and Stephanie. The idea was borne out of finding a means to support the many home-based F&B businesses in Singapore with a hygienic facility and licensed means for them to expand their markets outside the limitations imposed by the regulatory agencies. In 2019, to encourage food innovation, IncuBaker® and Enterprise Singapore co-organised Snack Genius®, the first-ever Singapore-wide search for that next big hit snack. The competition attracted entries from all walks of life, and helped opened doors to entrepreneurs that they would have found much harder to do by themselves. It is this passion to serve the larger F&B community in a better and more comprehensive way that brought Padang & Co and IncuBaker® together to further bolster the complete ecosystem.

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