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The AIRS Conference for Genomics and Microbiomics is inviting startups to pitch on May 31 in Barcelona! (Sponsored)

The “Microbiome Industry” has been established by name, but it still needs to be better networked. Analysts are looking to understand this emerging industry, and create forecasts regarding its growth.

The AIRS Conference in Barcelona will take place from May 31 to June 1 2019, with a mission of networking the “early birds” in this market – which is not only represented by the biomedical industry. Genomics and microbiomics research concerns many industrial sectors providing health-related products relating to oral, skin, gut and other microbiomes. The AIRS Conference will explore the opportunities and exponential growth options that exist between the microbiome industry and other sectors.

The AIRS conference in Barcelona aims to create a platform to connect all of these sectors, establish the development of a new rehabilitation community. It will become a free and open network, a living body, like the microbiome itself: finding partners for collaboration and symbiosis to increase efficiency – following evolutionary principles!

The Genomics and Microbiomics Synergies and Reach

The complex interactions and interfaces in the microbiomics industry are shown in the following graph:

Source: AIRS Institute

What is amazing is the business potential associated with this cluster picture. Normally such potential is boosted by multiplying factors of unknown statistics and not seriously calculable dimensions for an exponential character of growth. The organisers of the event are convinced that we need to create an interdisciplinary setup and break down the barriers of established conferences, which, while important, also act as nice hideaways to allow us to stay in traditional paradigms and see the microbiome as a nice add-on to current topics. Which it isn’t, because the microbiome revolution will restructure several well protected paradigms in medicine which cannot be defended any longer.

The microbiome industry affects so many of the products we use day to day. One example is the food technologies that influence the gut microbiome, and therefore our moods and thoughts via the gut-brain axis. Microbiome adjusted beverages and probiotic drinks may also help for weight loss and stimulate the immune system. New textile technologies can influence the skin microbiome, and in the future, the vast cosmetic industry and hygiene products will be examined as to whether they are “Microbiome-friendly” to support the skin microbiome (for instance in regards to allergies, skin, diseases, acne, body scent, or the immune system). And mouthwash and toothpaste brands are starting to look at how they help they can help the oral microbiome by keeping a healthy balance of germs in the mouth, or even prevent cavities.

Our mission is to work on pathways and find fast tracks for the implementation of new treatments, research and services in the health sector. Connecting People to Health Solutions is our main common goal.

CAGR’s and numbers in selected markets

The microbiome market embraces marine, atmospheric and terrestrial ecosystems, food engineering, agriculture and human and other species’ health and medicine with products for gut, skin, oral hygiene, and medical services. The numbers speak for themselves:

Volume forecast in 2023: $805 billion

CAGR ~ 7%


Supplements and Sports Nutrition
Volume forecast in 2022: $45 billion

CAGR ~ 8%


Immunoprecipitation Market
Volume forecast in 2024: $750 million

CAGR ~ 5%


Microbiome Market in general
Volume forecast for 2015: $2.2 billion

BCC Research even forecasts a market size of nearly $9.9 billion for 2024 with a CAGR ~ 70%.

The developments took off in 2018!

VC firms have already invested around $1 billion since 2014



The organisers of the AIRS Conference would like to encourage startups with new ideas on how this market can be developed further, and what products we may meet in the supermarkets five years from now, as well as the kinds of health services with direct customer value that might be delivered by mobile apps, etc.

All startups can apply to come to the conference and present their ideas. Send an email to [email protected] to learn about the application procedure.

Check out more about the AIRS Conference on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube, and below, check out a video message from the chairman of the conference:

Mary Loritz
Mary Loritz
Mary served as Head of Content at from November 2018 until November 2019. She is an experienced journalist and researcher covering tech and business topics.

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