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Global Food Protection Institute Conference to Focus on Innovative Food Protection Technologies

Battle Creek, Michigan (PRWEB) June 14, 2013

A conference aimed at making the food supply safe through innovative technology is set for June 19 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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 Dr. Julia Bradsher, President and CEO of GFPI.

“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 ensure a protected food supply chain," said Stephen Rapundalo, President and CEO of MichBio. “MichBio is honored to join GFPI in co-hosting this conference.”

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

Program speakers:

Fred Beyerlein – CEO of nanoRETE, Inc.

Preetha Biswas – Research Leader at Neogen Corp.

Julia Bradsher — President and CEO of the Global Food Protection Institute

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.

Stephen Rapundalo — President and CEO of MichBio

About The Institute
The Global Food Protection Institute, established in 2009 in Battle Creek, Mich., 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

About MichBio
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. For more information, visit

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