PROJECT PROTEIN 6TH PLENARY MEETING
From 15-17 December 2020 the PROTEIN project consortium hosted our 6th plenary meeting that brought together healthscientists, machine learning experts, business leaders, and commercialization experts.
On the first day, the consortium reviewed all the innovative assets and discussed the potential of the asset to be commercialised and to address the needs of key target groups within the PROTEIN community.
It was inspiring to see the many innovative products within the PROTEIN ecosystem that this group of scientists and business leaders have developed in such a short period of time. This project started exactly two years ago, and I remember thinking on our first meeting that this was a very ambitious project. This consortium faced many challenges none the least the ability to create a platform for health and technology experts to be able to communicate effectively considering the different languages and research approaches used in the various disciplines. As a public health and social scientist, I have been incredibly impressed with how this group of individuals came together to develop an application that is composed of many different exploitable technology assets. The research and knowledge translation products produced in the last two years shows that this consortium has been able to create a truly interdisciplinary partnership.
On days 2 and 3, consortium partners discussed every aspect of the project and reviewed the progress to date. During these discussions, we learned that the biggest challenge has not been technical or working across interdisciplinary research approachesand business cultures. No, the biggest barrier has been the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has led to delays in pilot testing of the PROTEINapplication and its various components.
Despite these delays, the consortium has found innovative ways to move forward. From implementing online training videos to exploring new ways to test the application with potential users, PROTEIN partners have persevered.
On the final day of the Plenary meeting, we saw the release of a new PROTEIN video that summarizes the overall vision of the PROTEIN ecosystem and how users will be able to use it and benefit from this novel tool. The vision is to improve the lives of EU citizens by promoting healthy living.
As 2020 comes to an end, the PROTEIN consortium will continue to advance the mission of developing a user-friendly application that can help European citizens to achieve and enjoy healthy lives.
Ximena Ramos Salas, PhD
European Association for the Study of Obesity