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Innovation and the Future of Food Allergies

  • Branchfood 50 Milk Street Floor 20 Boston, MA, 02109 United States (map)

Researchers estimate more than 15 million Americans have food allergies and that number isn't declining.

Boston is a hotbed for new food products, wearable devices, and trackers hoping to improve the quality of life for millions of allergy sufferers. Join Branchfood and perfectly free™ as we bring together leaders in the food allergy movement to discuss the latest research, new products on the market, how to launch and grow a successful business in the space, and how innovation is transforming the lives of those with food allergies. At this event you'll get to connect with food industry researchers, advisors, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and get to check out the latest products and technologies at our showcase.


6:00PM - 6:30PM - Arrival and Networking
6:30PM - 7:30PM - Opening Remarks + Panel Discussion
7:30PM - 8:00PM - Networking and Product Tasting
Additional parking information can be found here.


Janelle Nanos, Business Reporter at Boston Globe Media (moderator)

Janelle Nanos is a writer, editor, and journalism professor in Boston. She writes about ideas, people, and businesses that drive Boston’s innovation economy and was the editor of BetaBoston, spearheading coverage of of technology and innovation. Prior to joining the Globe, she was a senior editor at Boston Magazine, where she edited and wrote features and service packages. Among her varied interests are higher education, public policy, health care, technology, travel, design, food, and politics. She also continues to write regularly for national travel publications and teaches a course in magazine writing at her alma mater, Boston College.

Jud Horner, Chief Marketing Officer at Incredible Foods

Incredible Foods develops allergy-friendly foods for everyone who desires a fuller, happier, healthier, free-from lifestyle. As head of sales and marketing at Incredible Foods, Jud is responsible for developing new customers, identifying new marketing opportunities, and oversees all communications efforts. The company's first product, "perfectly free™", are frozen treats that contain only natural, premium ingredients and are free of the top eight food allergens: dairy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy, fish and shellfish. Also, the products are non-GMO and are prepared in a state-of-the art setting that is free from all major food allergens.

Abi Barnes, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder at Allergy Amulet

The Allergy Amulet is a rapid, portable, point-of-consumption food allergen and ingredient detection device that connects to a patent-pending disposable test strip. The device enables simple, mobile measurements to help individuals avoid ingesting target allergens/ingredients. The Allergy Amulet can be configured as a wearable (e.g., necklace or bracelet) or integrated into everyday products (e.g., keychain or epinephrine auto-injector).

Jacob Stahl, Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder at Antera Therapeutics

Antera develops pediatrician recommended products for the early introduction of allergens into infants’ diets. Antera’s first product, Aralyte, focuses on peanut proteins and is formulated to be safe enough for infants at-risk for developing food allergies. Antera is now hiring for several positions during our rapid growth phase.

Thank you to our sponsor, Perfectly Free!


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