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VINNOVA is a Swedish government agency responsible for innovations linked to research and development. VINNOVA’s task is to finance research and strengthen the networks between research, business and society. In total, VINNOVA funds 19 VINN Excellence Centres, which work to ensure that new knowledge and new technology lead to new products, processes and services.
There are two VINN Excellence Centres funded by VINNOVA at Lund University: the Antidiabetic Food Centre and Next Generation Innovative Logistics.
At the Antidiabetic Food Centre (AFC), interdisciplinary research is carried out on foods which could help prevent lifestyle-related diseases linked to metabolic syndrome, e.g. weight problems and obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Various food properties and ingredients, including new ways of processing food, are studied, with a focus on health effects such as glycaemic regulation, appetite regulation and cognitive performance. Fruit, berries, plants, wholewheat cereals, flour and probiotic bacteria form a basis for the development of innovative food concepts. Particular focus is placed on the effect of the gut flora on the metabolism.
Next Generation Innovative Logistics (NGIL) is part of the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University. The divisions of Engineering Logistics, Packaging Logistics and Production Management are responsible for research and the education of PhD students at NGIL. The centre also has around 20 members – organisations that are interested in cooperation on logistics research.
NGIL’s vision is to provide knowledge, methods, techniques and tools to companies and organisations in order to increase supply chain visibility and manage deviation in logistics system.