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Health - Happy - Bright

About Little Étoile®

One of life’s greatest joys is raising our babies to be happy, healthy, bright little stars or ‘étoiles’ as they say in French. The health and nourishment of infants, toddlers, children, and mothers are at the heart of our company, as we carefully curate premium quality organic baby food and comprehensive nutrient formulas for the first 1000 days and beyond.

We recognise that good nutrition is the foundation of good health, and that these foundations are laid during infancy and childhood. Our goal is to provide early life nutrition products with premium quality ingredients that are safe, clean, sustainable, and of the highest nutritional integrity.

Backed by over 20 years of nutrition science and pharmaceutical expertise, we provide what we believe to be the crème de la crème of early life nutrition. Together, we’ll keep our little étoiles happy, healthy, and shining bright.

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Children with optimal nutrition are naturally healthy, resilient and more likely to meet their developmental milestones. Science and research are fundamental to how we formulate nutritional, safe and reliable products, in order to help them maintain their health and wellbeing, through the first critical years of life.
George Thouas
Children with optimal nutrition are naturally healthy, resilient and more likely to meet their developmental milestones. Science and research are fundamental to how we formulate nutritional, safe and reliable products, in order to help them maintain their health and wellbeing, through the first critical years of life.
George Thouas

Our Team

At Little Étoile, our team is like our family. We collaborate to bring together the very best in Nutrition Science combined with the practicality offered by our parents of the group. Our family is made up of science and nutrition experts in the field of biomedical research, nutrition, dietetics, microbiology and pharmacy. Together, we develop products that are not only highly nutritious and absolutely delicious, but also meet our approval for strict quality control and food safety measures. As parents, it’s one less thing to worry about, and we get that.

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HEAD OF RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENTGeorge Thouas
BSc, MRepSc, PhD

George is a qualified research scientist, and Head of the Research & Development at Max Biocare group. He worked for nearly 20 years in university-based medical research groups. One of his specializations is in female infertility, where his PhD research focused on problems in mitochondria, the part of cells that turns dietary nutrients into energy. This is one of the critical processes that control how maternal nutrition impacts on conception, fetal and newborn development, and future health. George actively incorporates evidence-based approaches into developing Little Étoile’s nutritional products.

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TECHNICAL & SALES SUPPORT NUTRITIONIST Diana Newman
BHSc (Nutr. Med), MNutr

Diana is a registered nutritionist with close to 10 years’ experience as a clinical nutritionist, and a mother of three children. Her Master’s degree at Deakin University investigated the effects of digital health interventions in improving dietary behavior in adults with type 2 diabetes. In clinical practice, Diana has worked with patients of all ages to improve cardiovascular health, hormonal imbalance, gut health and digestive disorders. Today, Diana’s expertise in family nutrition has extended into prenatal, babies and children’s health and nutrition, which she applies to her education roles at Little Étoile.

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NUTRITION RESEARCHER Benjamin Parmenter
BNutrDiet (Hons), PhD

Ben is a qualified nutritionist and researcher in the field of natural products. Some of his research has looked at the influence of free play intervention on physical activity in school children. Ben’s PhD project at the University of Western Australian investigated the roles of plant in human health, and he is also  involved in research projects in association with MBc to understand the factors that influence how families nutrient supplements, such as omega-3’s. Ben is enthusiastic about all aspects of nutrition science and has played an active role as a nutrition researcher at Little Étoile.

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TECHNICAL COORDINATORKaukab Nasir
BHSc

Kaukab has almost 20 years of combined experience in food sector, including operations, business & quality management, and regulatory affairs. Since joining Max Biocare, nutritional science, and NPD (Little Étoile) while remaining withing the critical regulatory framework, have been her key fields of work. She is always keen to introduce safe, nutritional and superior quality food products to the consumer.

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DIETITIAN & MARKETING COORDINATOR Justine Gal
BHSc, MDiet

Justine holds qualifications in Health Sciences and Dietetics. She has an intrinsic and evidence-based understanding of the positive impact that good nutrition can have on health and wellbeing, from infancy to adulthood. Justine’s specialty is nutrition communications, where she works closely with the research and development and marketing teams at Little Étoile, to interpret and translate technical nutrition science into educational information, across all of our channels and platforms.

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RESEARCH ASSOCIATEChristopher Halkias
PhD

A biomedical scientist who has worked as researcher and lecturer at RMIT University since 2018, with interests in a variety of health and medical sciences, including the translation of natural ingredients into new healthcare products. To this end, he supervises Max Biocare’s Research Park operations in developing our new plant-based ingredients. Christopher has published multiple peer-reviewed research studies and is an award-winning academic teacher. He is also a regular contributor to the Nurture Central website.

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MEDICAL RESEARCHER Mark Waddingham
BBiomedSc, BSc (Hons), PhD

Mark is a medical researcher who works in heart health. His PhD project at the University of Melbourne in 2012 examined the mechanisms that drive the development of heart disease in diabetes. One of his major interests is understanding how changes in the body’s metabolism affect the cardiovascular system with age. These include impacts of problems such as obesity and nutrient imbalances, which can begin in early childhood. Mark provides expert opinion and educational articles to help educate about the importance of early nutrition on future health.