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Mentor: Alexandra Boelrijk

Startlife Mentor

As Senior Research and Innovation Director within Danone, Alexandra Boelrijk has focused on all aspects of innovation in the Specialized Nutrition industry. From scientific concept ideation through product development and clinical evidence generation to market introduction and  digital service activation. At the moment she leads international innovation teams for Danone in the Netherlands and Singapore.

The leading theme in her professional career is driving innovation by combining elements from different expertise areas, thereby building novel assets that bring value in a business reality.

Because of different positions within Danone and earlier in contract research, Alexandra is comfortable with a multitude of topics (chemistry, food technology, flavors and sensory, clinical trials, nutrition & digital innovation).

Skills and field of expertise

  • Nutrition
  • Food Science
  • Research & Development
  • Innovation Management

Offer and interest (startups)

Offer:

I like to share my experience and learnings on the interactions between startups and large corporations with you, with the ambition to accelerate innovation and together come to true breakthrough concepts.

Interest:

I am passionate about nutrition concepts that are rooted in science and have a profound impact on people’s health and wellbeing.

Personal quote

“Food innovation is a key driver of good health.”

 

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