In India, local traditions place great emphasis on diet to manage health and wellness. Yet nutritional healthcare products are relatively new to the country.


Abbott Nutrition established its first R&D center in India at Bengaluru in June 2012, with the aim to develop products tailored for India, in India.

Researchers from Abbott are working hand-in-hand with scientists from Syngene, India’s largest contract research organization, in the 13,000-square-foot Abbott Nutrition R&D Center. Home to more than 50 researchers and scientists, the center focuses on creating products to suit the specialized nutritional needs of India that, ultimately, can be turned into concepts that support our global product.

Malnutrition is one of the most critical health challenges in India. About 50 percent of Indians, some 570 million people, have adequate calorie intake but are not consuming enough essential nutrients. Imported nutritionals that are high in calories and fat are not suitable for India’s undernourished. India also has the world’s largest diabetic population – an estimated 65 million people, according to the International Diabetes Federation.

To help address these specific needs, Abbott will focus our nutritional research and development in three areas: maternal nutrition, pediatric nutrition and diabetes care. Among the products in development are meal complements for diabetics and prediabetics, and nutritional supplements in new product flavors and formulations that address local taste and texture preferences.