Miguel Freitas, M.S., Ph.D., is the Vice President of Scientific Affairs for Danone North America, based in White Plains, NY. Dr. Freitas serves as a liaison between Danone and the scientific community. He is also responsible for ensuring the integrity of the Danone product portfolio with respect to health attributes and serves as the Nutrition and Scientific spokesperson for Public relations and convention purposes related to brands and category topics.
Dr. Freitas manages a network of Key Opinion Leaders and Health Care Professionals (HCPs) on nutrition and probiotics and implements Scientific Affairs programs targeting HCPs for several Danone brands. Dr. Freitas cooperatively works with Consumer marketing, Legal and Corporate Affairs departments in developing the Nutrition and Health components of messages, claims, communication tools and events aimed at HCPs and consumers.
Dr. Freitas also serves as a liaison between Danone North America and Danone Research in France, the international research center of the Danone Group, where previously he worked as a research project leader. In this capacity, he designed and managed research projects investigating human health and functional foods – in particular, probiotics – and communicated these findings to diverse audiences through business and marketing channels, presentations at scientific conferences, and the publication of studies in scientific journals.
Dr. Freitas earned his Ph.D. from the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM, Paris, France)