Apeel Sciences career talk on June 1

By Erik Martinez, Graduate Career Peer
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 11:29 AM

Dr. James Rogers, Science Director & CEOWant to learn more about Apeel Sciences? Join Dr. James Rogers, Science Director & CEO, and Dr. Louis Perez, VP of Technology,​ for the final career talk of the quarter!

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 Dr. Louis Perez, VP of Technologyabiotic and biotic stressors, reducing reliance on the cold-chain and reducing the need for pesticides.

Currently, the produce industry has adopted two post-harvest 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. ​Apeel's products are designed to reduce food waste across the entire value chain, extending benefits to producers, retailers, and consumers.

In this talk, ​​Dr. Perez and Dr. Rogers will discuss the founding of Apeel, the science behind ​their technology, and how it will change food processing 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. 

From Molecules to Microstructure: Using Food to Preserve Food 
Date: Thursday, June 1
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Location: Elings 1601
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*Light refreshments will be provided*

Sponsored by Center for Bioengineering (CBE), UC Santa Barbara Office of Technology & Industry Alliances, Bren School, CSEP, CNSI, GSDS, TMP, and WiSE