BATTLE CREEK (WWJ) — A conference aimed at making the food supply safe through innovative technology is set for June 19 in Kalamazoo.

The program, titled “Innovations in Life Sciences & Technology in Improving Food Protection,” will feature speakers from academia and from regulatory, industry and public-advocacy groups involved in food-protection technologies.

The Global Food Protection Institute’s Symposia series and MichBio, a biosciences trade association, are offering the conference at Western Michigan University’s Fetzer Center. Participants can expect to hear engaging speaker presentations on new food protection technologies and the path technologies take from concept to marketplace.

“The Global Food Protection Institute’s collaboration with MichBio reflects our shared commitment to advancing science and technology to improve the protection of the food supply,” said Julia Bradsher, president and CEO of GFPI.

Added MichBio president and CEO Stephen Rapundalo: “Food safety is a growing global health challenge and we applaud GFPI’s leadership in raising awareness of this important subject and the technological applications being developed to insure a protected food supply chain.”

The conference is open to the public. For more information or to register for the conference, please visit

Program speakers include Fred Beyerlein, CEO of nanoRETE, Inc.; Preetha Biswas, Research Leader at Neogen Corp.; Bradsher; J. Peter Clark, Consulting Process Engineer and Contributing Editor of Food Technology; Rob DeWit, president and CEO of the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center; Diane Durance,  Executive Director of Great Lakes Entrepreneur’s Quest; Dale Grogan, Managing Director of Michigan Accelerator Fund 1; Tom Herlache, Assistant Director of Commercialization at MSU Technologies; Michael Kurek, Principal Consultant for BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting LLC; Ronald Meeusen, Co-Founder, Partner and Principal of Cultivian Ventures LP; Houng-Yau Mei, Chief Operating Officer at nanoRete Inc.; Pat Morand, president of Open Prairie Ventures and Managing Director of the Southwest Michigan First Life Science Fund; Harry Norris, president and CEO of Rapid Diagnostek Inc.; and Rapundalo.

The Global Food Protection Institute, established in 2009 in Battle Creek, is dedicated to protecting the world’s food supply by providing FDA-aligned training, advancing new food technologies and convening forums for the transformative exchange of ideas about food protection. For more information, visit

MichBio is the trade association committed to driving growth in Michigan’s biosciences industry and its many sectors, including agri-biotech, food and nutrition, bio-based technologies and renewable chemicals, industrial and environmental biotech, medical devices and technologies, pharmaceuticals and consumer healthcare, diagnostics and research products, testing and research services, and clinical research. MichBio members include biosciences companies, academic and research institutions, biosciences service providers, and related organizations. More at


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