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BoobyBiome Wins InnovateUK Smart Grant for Novel Breast Milk Preservation Device

London, UK - April 28th, 2023 - BoobyBiome, a pioneering biotechnology start-up led by a team of female innovators, is dedicated to developing groundbreaking products that enhance the health and well-being of infants. The company has recently received the prestigious InnovateUK Smart Grant to support the development of a novel device aimed at improving the quality of stored breast milk.

Breast milk is not only the optimal source of nutrition for newborns and infants, it also plays a crucial role in developing the gut microbiome, which is vital for their overall health and well-being. However, the shelf life of breast milk is limited, making it challenging for mothers to store and transport it. Dr. Sioned Jones, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, said "We understand that mothers face numerous obstacles when it comes to providing their babies with breast milk. That's why we are dedicated to producing an effective and affordable product that is scientifically validated and trusted by parents.”

With the support of the InnovateUK Smart Grant, BoobyBiome is making significant strides towards bringing its innovative device to market. The device is designed to be compact, portable, and user-friendly, offering parents a convenient and effective way to store and transport their breast milk without compromising its quality. This ensures that the milk remains safe and healthy for babies while also reducing waste. Additionally, the device has potential for use in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) where stored breast milk is critical for nourishing vulnerable, preterm infants.

The BoobyBiome team is dedicated to scientific rigour and efficacy in their product development, ensuring that their solution meets the highest standards of quality and safety. Dr Tara O'Driscoll, co-founder and Chief Technical Officer, added "We want to ensure that every breastfed baby has access to the health benefits of breast milk and its microbial communities. Our device has the potential to promote equality in healthcare, and we are excited to continue our work towards this vision.”

"We are thrilled and honoured to have been awarded the InnovateUK Smart Grant to develop our breast milk preservation device," said Dr Lydia Mapstone, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. "Our primary research until now at BoobyBiome has focused on characterising the breastmilk microbiome to develop supplements for babies without breast milk access. However, our ultimate goal is to improve the microbiome of all infants, and our breast milk preservation device is a step in that direction."

The Innovate UK Smart Grant is the second eminent award granted to BoobyBiome this year. Dr. Lydia Mapstone was also awarded a Women in Innovation grant, which aims to expand the range of BoobyBiome products. These awards represent a significant milestone for BoobyBiome, demonstrating the company's commitment to developing innovative solutions that benefit infant health and well-being.

About BoobyBiome

BoobyBiome is a biotechnology company that is dedicated to improving infant health and well-being. Their research focuses on developing evidence-based strategies to promote healthy microbial colonisation in infants and prevent common infant health issues. The company's mission is to empower parents to make informed decisions about their infant's health and to provide them with innovative tools they need to support their baby's development.

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