Starting a food business? Rutgers incubator can help

Patrick Leger stood in a processing room at Rutgers Food Innovation Center on Friday, watching as an assembly line of bottles were filled with pure strained tomatoes, First Field’s latest product… "They need a place to go," said Lou Cooperhouse, the center’s director. "Our job is to find a pathway for them to go after they leave our facility."

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Student-run Biotech Start-up Earned a $500,000 Commitment from Foundation Venture Capital Group

Seated, from left, Prof. James Simon and Michael Johnson. Standing, from left, Nick Crider and Tom Villani. Photo by Peter Byron

Seated, from left, Prof. James Simon and Michael Johnson. Standing, from left, Nick Crider and Tom Villani. Photo by Peter Byron

Visikol Inc., a student-run biotech startup from Rutgers, has gained a commitment of up to $500,000 in funding towards commercialization of its technology from Foundation Venture Capital, LLC. Named after its product Visikol, a biological clearing agent used in scientific and medical research, the company was founded by two current Rutgers doctoral students, CEO Michael Johnson and chief science officer Tom Villani, along with co-inventors James Simon, distinguished professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology , and Adolfina Koroch, a visiting scientist at Rutgers. The company has also recently been approved for space in the Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies, an incubator operated by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. Read more from the Office of Research and Economic Development.

Climate change is taking from the poor and giving to the rich

The rich are getting richer and poor are getting poorer. It’s the kind of populist refrain that’s become common on the campaign trail during U.S. primary season, but this time, it’s coming out of the mouths of climate scientists… "What we find is that natural resources like fish are being pushed around by climate change, and that changes who gets access to them," Malin Pinsky, professor of ecology and evolution at Rutgers, said in a press release.

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China hates GMOs. Problem is, China really needs GMOs

China has a fifth of the world’s people, but only about 7 percent of its arable land. Food security is a national obsession – so it only seemed natural when, earlier this month, state-owned ChemChina announced its bid to buy the pesticide- and seed-producing giant Syngenta, in what is likely to be the biggest acquisition in the country’s history. Technology, the Party seemed to say, and especially genetically modified crops, are the key to a sustainable future. "There was a widespread public fear that, ‘Oh, maybe they’re trying to sneak this through too!’" says Carl Pray, an economist at Rutgers who has researched Chinese attitudes toward GMOs.

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2015 NJAES Annual Report Available for New Jersey Stakeholders

NJAES 2015 Annual Report coverThe 2015 NJAES Annual Report, produced by the Office of the Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources Robert Goodman, was unveiled on Feb. 11 at the final day of the New Jersey Agricultural Convention in Atlantic City.

The report highlights the research and extension activities of the experiment station under the six broad categories of commercial agriculture; environment and natural resources; fisheries and aquaculture; food, nutrition and health; home, lawn and garden; and youth and community development. In addition, the key areas of economic development and fundraising support round out a comprehensive look at the impact of NJAES on the lives of NJ residents, communities, and businesses. For your copy, contact the SEBS & NJAES Office of CommunicationsView the interactive 2015 NJAES Annual Report.