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CBE, CNSI, CSEP, GSDS, AND WISE PRESENT A CAREER TALK SEMINAR: Dr. James Rogers, Science Director & CEO and Dr. Louis Perez, VP of Technology Apeel Sciences

Thurs., June 1, 2017, 2:00pm, Elings #1601

Current Topics in Bioengineering Career Talk

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Elings 1601

2:00 - 3:00 pm

*Light refreshments will be provided*

RSVP at: https://csep.cnsi.ucsb.edu/forms/PDS/Registration.php

“From Molecules to Microstructure: Using Food to Preserve Food”

Dr. James Rogers, Science Director & CEO and Dr. Louis Perez, VP of Technology

Apeel Sciences

Apeel Sciences uses natural plant extracts, derived from uneaten parts of plants (e.g. stems, leaves, skins, etc.), to create an edible, invisible “peel” which is applied to the surface of fresh produce in order to extend shelf life and improve quality. When our barriers are applied to the surfaces of perishable items such as fruits, vegetables, and fresh cut flowers, they impart resistance to both abiotic and biotic stressors, reducing reliance on the cold-chain and reducing the need for pesticides.

 

Currently, the produce industry has adopted two postharvest preservation strategies: refrigeration and modified atmosphere packaging. Although these technologies offer significant benefits for growers and shippers, these methods are ineffective once the produce is exposed to the ambient environment of retail shelves. Our products are designed to reduce food waste across the entire value chain, extending benefits to producers, retailers, and consumers. In this talk, we will discuss the founding of Apeel, the science behind our technology, and how it will change how food is processed worldwide. The speakers will also address the "soft science" relating to the founding of Apeel during the talk and give the audience the opportunity to vote as to whether they'd like to hear more details about the founding story or the technical bit.