Rutgers University today dedicated the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH), a university-wide hub for interdisciplinary research whose mission is to make New Jersey the “Healthy State” and a model for the nation… Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno; Rutgers President Robert Barchi; Chancellor Richard L. Edwards; Executive Dean Robert Goodman, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences; institute Director Peter Gillies; and Robin Mockenhaupt, chief of staff, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, participated in the ceremony… The institute offers nearly 40,000 square feet of research space and approximately 30,000 square feet of community space to facilitate communication and cooperation among scholars who pursue interdisciplinary research; policymakers who apply research to real-world problems associated with food and health; and parents, their children and students whose lives can benefit from wellness programs and health and education activities… Added institute Director Peter Gillies, “I’m very proud of what we’ve built. The institute is an amazing resource not only for the university but for the broader New Jersey community. The basic research and community outreach of the institute will help build a culture of health in the state.”
RutgersX, the food accelerator at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center (FIC), announced today their 2015 cohort of participating companies. Each of these food companies will make a pitch presentation in front of an audience of potential funders, strategic partners, customers and fellow food entrepreneurs at the RutgersX – Accelerating Food Entrepreneurs Conference on November 16, 2015. In addition to the pitching sessions, the conference agenda will also include panel discussions with food industry leaders, conversations with successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, and remarks from state and national government leaders… This year’s participating companies are all current or former clients of Rutgers Food Innovation Center and/or clients affiliated with their International Soft Landings Programs. The inaugural cohort includes nine companies… “We’re excited to present such a talented group of entrepreneurs as our first cohort of companies,” said Lou Cooperhouse, founder of RutgersX and director of the Rutgers Food Innovation Center.