Juan Gomez-Basauri, Ph.D.


Founder and President


Magellan LLC

Dr. Gomez-Basauri will speak on postbiotic nutrition and functional metabolites on Tuesday, April 30, at 3:50-4:10 p.m. during the “Ingredients/nutrition: Alternative pet food proteins, the microbiome” concurrent sessions. Register now to hear Dr. Gomez-Basauri and 30+ other industry experts speak at Petfood Forum 2024.

Learn more about Dr. Gomez-Basauri’s presentation below:

What is the single, most important concept or piece of information you hope attendees will learn from your presentation?

Dr. Gomez-Basauri: The gut microbiome plays a crucial role in various aspects of health, including digestion, immune function, inflammation, resistance to diseases and longevity. Taking care of the gut microbiome will take care of our wellbeing and that of our furry companions.

Please explain the significance of this concept or information to the pet food industry and yourself:

Dr. Gomez-Basauri: The significance of research and study of the microbiome is because of the potential to transform nutrition and veterinary medicine. The benefits span from personalized nutrition and veterinary care to an improved understanding of the human-animal bond. The potential to develop foods and diets that provide a diverse and balanced gut microbiome for better wellbeing is enormous.

As we scientists dig deeper into the microbiome field, the potential to transform our approach to pet nutrition and care, to enhance human well-being, and to contribute to scientific knowledge, becomes increasingly evident.

What are potential next developments in this specific field?

Dr. Gomez-Basauri: We will be unraveling a new frontier in nutritional care. In-depth study of the gut microbiota can help in the development of probiotics and/or fibers specifically designed to support canine and feline health.

The identification of microbial phyla associated with specific health conditions can aid in the early detection of diseases, and/or create personalized nutritional recommendations based on the individual microbiota to prevent or to delay the onset of diseases

Presentation Description:

Longevity, live long and prosper, the fountain of youth and the microbiome — Gomez-Basauri, Ph.D., reviews and discusses research on the evolving field of microbiome diets, focusing on the gut microbiome in relation to aging. The gut microbiome has a profound impact on longevity by influencing various aspects of health, including the immune system, metabolism, inflammation, mental well-being and resistance to diseases. Gomez-Basauri addresses key points to consider when exploring the relationship between the microbiome and longevity, plus general guidelines and considerations to promote a healthy microbiome.


Juan Gomez-Basauri, Ph.D., is the founder and president of Magellan LLC, a company dedicated to developing new products, commercializing scientifically validated ingredients, exploring new technologies, discoveries and innovation, and consulting services in the food and agriculture industries. He has more than 25 years of experience in agribusiness with leadership positions and responsibility for various business units and technical functions for key brands in multinational companies such as Ralston Purina and Alltech. Gomez-Basauri received his bachelor’s degree and an engineering degree from Federico Villareal University in Peru; a master’s degree in food science from University of Leeds, England; and a Ph.D. in food science from Cornell University, with an emphasis in nutrition and biochemistry. He was a British Council Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar, among other accomplishments, and has published significantly in trade journals and peer-reviewed publications.