HYBRID EVENT: You can participate in person at Baltimore, Maryland, USA or Virtually from your home or work.
Martin Kussmann, Speaker at Obesity Conferences
Kussmann Biotech GmbH, United States


While parts of the global population still suffer from mal- and under-nutrition, other parts of the population face – at least caloric – overfeeding. In obesity, too many calories are often accompanied by too few micronutrients (malnutrition). The combined public health care problems of diabetes and obesity (‘diabesity’) and metabolic syndrome cannot be sustainably addressed by pharmaceutical treatment alone. Systems health strategies complementing reductionist approaches are required to better understand and characterise the continuum of diabesity phenotypes. Nutritional prevention is the key to the solution. We have developed mass spectrometric technologies and workflows to analyse >1’000 human plasma samples each in two independent clinical obesity cohorts across a low-caloric weight reduction and a subsequent weight maintenance phase. This integrated clinical proteomics platform has delivered protein signatures explanatory for the obesity condition, useful for cohort stratification, and – most importantly – predictive of dietary response.

Audience take away:

  • Multi-omics-based molecular phenotyping beyond genetics in humans is key to derive diagnostic fingerprints that can predict response to (nutritional) intervention and indicate/explain predisposition towards metabolic health conditions.
  • Mass spectrometry-based proteomics has matured into a biomarker discovery platform that can deliver candidate diagnostic signatures to be validated and applied in assays compatible with clinics, medical cabinets, and – eventually – households. Robustness and throughput are key for a proteomics platform to be clinically applicable at large scale.
  • In (clinical) nutrition biomarker research, minimally invasive sampling is typically required and, therefore, human blood plasma proteomics is often the tissue of choice. Yet, it is the most challenging human body fluid in terms of both composition and dynamic range.
  • Replication of proteomic signatures in independent clinical cohorts has to date been rare, yet it is necessary.
  • Proteomic signatures predictive of dietary response can help tailor nutritional interventions to specific obese sub-populations and thereby enable personalized nutrition for maintenance or restoration of metabolic health.


Trained as a biochemist Dr Martin Kussmann has accomplished a 30-years dual corporate/academic career with experience in nutrition, pharma, and biotechnology. He held professorships at EPF Lausanne, Switzerland; Aarhus University, Denmark; and Auckland University, New Zealand, where he was also Scientific Director of the National Science Program on Food Innovation. Dr Kussmann has co-created and managed four research units and scientifically led two institutions. His research focuses on translational human studies in nutrition and health, multi-omics biomarker development, and artificial intelligence-enabled discovery and validation of natural bioactives. Dr Kussmann is a multi-lingual author, editor, and lecturer credited with >150 publications.