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Clear Labs’ turnkey platform accelerates outcomes and improves accuracy - from food-borne pathogens to infectious diseases, including SARS-CoV-2.
  • 2022
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    March 2022
    Clear Labs’ Real-Time Technology Solution Supports Over Half of U.S. Public Health Labs
    Clear Labs announces that its Clear Dx solution provides rapid detection of COVID-19 variants for more than 50% of state public health labs.
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  • 2021
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    January 2021
    Clear Labs launches groundbreaking solution for surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 and its mutations.
    These variants, as well as future mutations, can now be identified in real-time by a revolutionary new rapid WGS workflow solution launching today from Clear Labs, provider of the only fully-automated next-generation sequencing (NGS) platform for turnkey diagnostics.
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  • 2020
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    September 2020
    Clear Labs Granted EUA by FDA for SARS-CoV-2 Novel Descriptive Diagnostic
    Clear Labs announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the company Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for its Clear Dx™ SARS-CoV-2 novel descriptive diagnostic. The system extends available options for labs to scale infectious disease diagnostic testing.
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  • 2019
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    July 2019
    Clear Safety™ Listeria announced
    Clear Labs announced new Listeria testing and Environmental Mapping capabilities on its Clear Safety platform, offering a three-in-one solution for Listeria detection, persistence monitoring and visualizing contamination incidents.
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  • 2018
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    July 2018
    Clear Safety launches
    Clear Safety is announced, becoming the only automated food safety platform for routine pathogen detection. By using Clear Safety, companies and labs can use next-generation sequencing on their own to modernize their food safety management systems
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    April 2018
    NGS sequencing ready for remote deployment
    Clear Labs announced a pilot program for routine food safety testing. Until then, food labs and brands relied heavily on PCR or antigen-based methods for on-site testing.
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  • 2017
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    March 2017
    Clear Labs moves to its new home
    To accelerate product development, Clear Labs continued to expand, requiring the company to move to a larger office with more space and technology capabilities. The company is currently located at 3565 Haven Ave #2, Menlo Park, CA 94025 and has over 50 teammates.
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  • 2015
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    November 2015
    First customer onboarded
    The onboarding of Clear Labs’ early customer marked the first use of NGS technology in a commercial, regulated setting. Since then, demand for NGS technologies has grown globally in the food safety space, and Clear Labs currently has customers across North America, Europe, and Asia.
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    September 2015
    Clear Transparency introduced
    In addition to announcing its $6.5M Series A round, Clear Labs unveiled its Clear Transparency products: food authenticity testing, GMO screening, microbiome testing, and whole-genome sequencing. With that announcement, NGS officially entered the food safety market.
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  • 2014
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    June 2014
    Largest molecular food database created
    To bring NGS to a broader market, Clear Labs needed to create the world’s largest food database. Today, our database has millions of entries in its database, far exceeding any other food database, including that of the U.S. government.
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    January 2014
    Clear Labs founded
    Genomic sequencing was at a critical inflection point. Costs were dropping faster than Moore’s Law, and Clear Labs co-founder Sasan Amini saw the opportunity to develop applications for next-generation sequencing technologies beyond the clinical market to help food brands mitigate recalls and reduce foodborne illness and outbreak. So, he brought together experts in genomics, computer science, biology, and engineering, and Clear Labs was born.
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Our Team

Clear Labs was founded in 2014 by a group of software engineers and genomic scientists to bring NGS technologies to the food safety industry. We are helping the world’s most respected food brands and service labs ensure the quality and safety of their products.
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Sasan Amini

Sasan combined his academic expertise and passion for healthy living when he co-founded Clear Labs with a mission to set a new paradigm for food safety and quality. Prior to serving as the CEO of Clear Labs, he worked in the Advanced Research department at Illumina. Sasan earned his PhD in Genomics from Princeton and holds multiple patents and publications in the field.

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Ramin Khaksar

Ramin leads the vision and strategy for teams of dedicated scientists across 5 divisions at Clear Labs. He brings extensive experience from the industry, government and academia. Previously, he was CEO of Dapco, a Biotech R&D company and served as Sr Advisor to the Ministry of Health. Ramin was Associate Professor and Chair of Food Science at SBMU. He has published over 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

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Jeff Field

Jeff brings more than 20 years of commercial leadership experience spanning the biotech, pharmaceutical, managed care and molecular diagnostics industries. Prior to Clear Labs, he’s scaled high-performing teams at 5 start-ups and has a passion for launching disruptive technology, transforming health and improving patient care. Jeff spent four years commercializing an NGS system targeting infectious diseases.

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Brent Blake

Brent has 20+ years sales leadership across the Pharm, Biotech, NGS, & Diagnostic industries. He’s built successful sales organizations with companies such as Baxter, Myriad, FMI, & Counsyl. Brent brings deep experience and knowledge crossing multiple specialties, including, ID, Onc, CVD, EM, Path, & WH.

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Jen Bruursema

Jen brings to the team an extensive background in healthcare marketing, product commercialization, business development, public relations and patient advocacy. She comes to us from having served as the Vice President of Global Marketing at IDbyDNA, and before that, having led marketing efforts and teams at Metabiota, Karius, AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Ariosa Diagnostics and QIAGEN.

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Scott Carlucci

Scott brings over 20 years of diverse management experience in service, quality, and operations within the medical device diagnostic and surgical industries. Prior to Clear Labs, he led several technical customer support, service engineering, and operations teams for Hologic, a global molecular diagnostic company that was a multiple time Omega North Face award winner.

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Henrik Gehrmann

Henrik is an enthusiastic engineering leader and entrepreneur with 20+ years experience creating Software Applications. He earned his Master’s Degree in Copenhagen and has since been working at several Silicon Valley startups focusing on Enterprise SaaS. His expertise includes Cloud-based Systems, Data Analytics, and UX Design. He enjoys building great teams and leading projects through the product lifecycle.

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Tim Sandford

Tim has more than 20 years of executive management experience leading operations in the biotechnology and medical device fields. He has significantly contributed to the transformation of underperforming operations to world-class levels in both large established and start-up organizations. Tim’s experience includes executive positions for Siemens Healthineers, Pacific Biosciences, and ThermoFisher Scientific.

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Darshna Tanna

Darshna Tanna's experience in the IVD & Pharma solutions market spans over 25 years with all major players. Most recently, she was VP at Roche Diagnostics. She has a successful track record of building cross-functional teams and bringing products to market in Europe, Asia and North America.

Mostafa Ronaghi

Mostafa is an experienced life sciences entrepreneur and was involved in the start-up of four life sciences companies including Avantome (acquired by Illumina); NextBio, a search engine for life science data (acquired by Illumina); ParAllele Bioscience (acquired by Affymetrix, Inc.), and Pyrosequencing AB, which was renamed to Biotage in 2003.

Mostafa was a principal investigator at Stanford ...

Mostafa is an experienced life sciences entrepreneur and was involved in the start-up of four life sciences companies including Avantome (acquired by Illumina); NextBio, a search engine for life science data (acquired by Illumina); ParAllele Bioscience (acquired by Affymetrix, Inc.), and Pyrosequencing AB, which was renamed to Biotage in 2003.

Mostafa was a principal investigator at Stanford University from 2002 until 2008 and focused on the development of novel tools for molecular diagnostic applications. He earned his Ph.D. from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. He holds more than 50 pending and issued patents and has written more than 70 peer-reviewed publications in journals and books.
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Sasan Amini

Sasan has a passion for applying new technologies to solve real world problems and promote healthy living. After many years of experience in the life sciences, he decided to combine his passion and expertise to start Clear Labs with the mission of making food transparent. After getting his PhD in Genomics from Princeton, Sasan spent a few years in the Advanced Research department at Illumina, working on the...

Sasan has a passion for applying new technologies to solve real world problems and promote healthy living. After many years of experience in the life sciences, he decided to combine his passion and expertise to start Clear Labs with the mission of making food transparent. After getting his PhD in Genomics from Princeton, Sasan spent a few years in the Advanced Research department at Illumina, working on the most state-of-the-art Genomics approaches and platforms. Sasan received his B.Sc. in Biotechnology from the University of Tehran, where he entered as a gold medalist in the International Biology Olympiad. While in college, he served as the youngest Board member of the Iranian National Biology Olympiad Committee and authored a problem book on Mendelian Genetics which has been re-printed 10 times over the past decade. He holds multiple patents and publications in the field.
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Gaurav Garg

Gaurav Garg is a Founding Partner of Wing Venture Capital. Gaurav is a board member at several private technology companies, including Cohesity, Shape Security, and Instart Logic. He incubated and helped build FireEye, Ruckus Wireless, and Jasper into significant businesses, serving as a board member at each for more than ten years. Gaurav has served on the boards of several other companies, including some ...

Gaurav Garg is a Founding Partner of Wing Venture Capital. Gaurav is a board member at several private technology companies, including Cohesity, Shape Security, and Instart Logic. He incubated and helped build FireEye, Ruckus Wireless, and Jasper into significant businesses, serving as a board member at each for more than ten years. Gaurav has served on the boards of several other companies, including some that staged successful exits via IPOs or acquisitions such as NetScaler and MobileIron. He also worked extensively with, and co-sponsored investments in, Aruba and RingCentral. Gaurav was a partner at Sequoia Capital from 2001 to 2010, and a Special Limited Partner at the firm from 2010 to 2012. Prior to joining Sequoia, he founded Redback Networks in 1996, and served as a board member and Senior Vice President of Product Management. Prior to Redback Networks, he held various engineering positions at SynOptics and Bay Networks. Gaurav holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Computer Science, all from Washington University in St. Louis.
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Michael R Taylor

Mike Taylor is a senior fellow at the Meridian Institute and a consultant to the Global Food Safety Partnership, a public-private partnership hosted at the World Bank. His primary interests are food safety globally and food security in Africa and other developing regions.

Until June 1, 2016, Mr. Taylor was Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine at the U.S. Food and Drug Adminis...

Mike Taylor is a senior fellow at the Meridian Institute and a consultant to the Global Food Safety Partnership, a public-private partnership hosted at the World Bank. His primary interests are food safety globally and food security in Africa and other developing regions.

Until June 1, 2016, Mr. Taylor was Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He led the comprehensive overhaul of FDA’s food safety program Congress mandated in the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 and oversaw all of FDA’s food-related activities, including its nutrition, labeling, food additive, dietary supplement, and animal drug programs.

Mr. Taylor served previously at FDA as a staff attorney and as Deputy Commissioner for Policy (1991-94) and at USDA as Administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service and Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety (1994-96). Prior to joining FDA in July 2009, he spent nearly a decade in academia conducting food safety, food security and public health policy research, most recently at George Washington University’s School of Public Health. He also served during that time as a Senior Fellow at the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, where he conducted research on U.S. policies affecting agricultural development and food security in Africa.

In the private sector, Mr. Taylor founded the food and drug practice and was a partner in the law firm of King & Spalding, was Vice President for Public Policy at Monsanto Company, and served on the boards of the Alliance to End Hunger and RESOLVE, Inc. He is currently co-chair of the board of STOP Foodborne Illness and a member of the board of Clear Labs, Inc. Mr. Taylor is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of Virginia School of Law.
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Michael Robach

Michael Robach has over 40 years of experience in the food industry, most recently as former Vice President, Corporate Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory for Cargill. He is also the co-founder and former President for Safe Supply of Affordable Food Everywhere (SSAFE).

Currently, Robach serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and a member...

Michael Robach has over 40 years of experience in the food industry, most recently as former Vice President, Corporate Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory for Cargill. He is also the co-founder and former President for Safe Supply of Affordable Food Everywhere (SSAFE).

Currently, Robach serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and a member of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association’s Research Advisory Committee. His memberships include the American Meat Institute, the National Turkey Federation, the International Association of Food Protection, the Institute of Food Technologists, and the American Society for Microbiology.

Additionally, Mike has worked with the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on harmonized animal health and food safety standards. He is also a former member of the Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Council Executive Committee for the Grocery Manufacturers Association and he has worked closely with the USDA and FDA regarding food safety policy, HACCP, and regulatory reform based on science.
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Greg Yap

Greg is a partner at Menlo Ventures and focuses on life science and digital health technology investments.

Prior to Menlo, Greg was at Illumina Ventures as entrepreneur-in-residence, where he focused on new investments related to genomics. Previously, Greg was CEO and cofounder of Biodesy, a next-generation protein analysis company, and then CEO and cofounder of PyrAmes, a digital health remo...

Greg is a partner at Menlo Ventures and focuses on life science and digital health technology investments.

Prior to Menlo, Greg was at Illumina Ventures as entrepreneur-in-residence, where he focused on new investments related to genomics. Previously, Greg was CEO and cofounder of Biodesy, a next-generation protein analysis company, and then CEO and cofounder of PyrAmes, a digital health remote monitoring company. Greg also worked at Roche Diagnostics / Ventana, where he led a global market-leading cancer diagnostic assay business, serving 20 million patients and delivering $500 million revenue per year. Greg’s operating experience also includes roles as the first healthcare entrepreneur-in-residence at GE, chief operating officer at Cellpoint Diagnostics, an early liquid biopsy startup, vice president and general manager for genetics and molecular diagnostics at Affymetrix, and consultant for McKinsey & Company.

Greg received his bachelor’s degree in molecular biology (summa cum laude) from Princeton University, and his MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business
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Don Schaffner

Dr. Donald W. Schaffner is Extension Specialist in Food Science and Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University. He has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed publications and educated thousands of Food Industry professionals through short courses and workshops in the United States and around the world. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists and the American Academy of Microbiology. He has se...

Dr. Donald W. Schaffner is Extension Specialist in Food Science and Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University. He has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed publications and educated thousands of Food Industry professionals through short courses and workshops in the United States and around the world. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists and the American Academy of Microbiology. He has served as an Editor for the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology since 2005. Dr. Schaffner was the president of the International Association for Food Protection in 2013-2014. In his spare time he co-hosts a food safety podcast at foodsafetytalk.com.
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Gary Acuff

Dr. Gary R. Acuff holds the title of Director of the Center for Food Safety and Professor of Food Microbiology within the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University. Dr. Acuff’s professional memberships include the International Association for Food Protection, serving as President in 2008, as well as the American Society for Microbiology and the Society for Applied Microbiology. He is a...

Dr. Gary R. Acuff holds the title of Director of the Center for Food Safety and Professor of Food Microbiology within the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University. Dr. Acuff’s professional memberships include the International Association for Food Protection, serving as President in 2008, as well as the American Society for Microbiology and the Society for Applied Microbiology. He is a member of the Editorial Committee for the 5th Edition of the Compendium of Methods for the Microbiological Examination of Foods and was a member of the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Food from 1992 to 1997. He currently serves as a member of the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Advisory Committee. Acuff has published more than 80 articles in technical journals and has authored several chapters on food microbiology in various references and textbooks.
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Kent Juliot

Kent Juliot brings over 30 years of food safety and quality leadership in the food industry. Prior to Ardent Mills, where he serves as VP of Research, Quality & Technical Solutions, Kent was VP of Quality with ConAgra Foods for 11 years, where he led people and programs focused on food safety and quality for ConAgra’s commercial business unit, international operations, and customer quality liaison...

Kent Juliot brings over 30 years of food safety and quality leadership in the food industry. Prior to Ardent Mills, where he serves as VP of Research, Quality & Technical Solutions, Kent was VP of Quality with ConAgra Foods for 11 years, where he led people and programs focused on food safety and quality for ConAgra’s commercial business unit, international operations, and customer quality liaisons for food service and private label businesses. Kent spent the first 19 years of his career with Kellogg’s, where he served as associate director of operations quality, overseeing corporate internal auditing, laboratory analytical method standardization, manufacturing plant food safety & environmental management. Kent holds Bachelors & Masters degrees in Food Science from the University of Wisconsin.
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Charlie Piper

Charlie spent the first 20 years of his career holding a wide variety of roles in grocery retail management and is now the President and CEO of Yottamark, where is responsible for driving the company’s strategy. Prior to joining YottaMark, Piper was CEO of Prommis Solutions (acquired by 4 law firms), was previously CEO of ePay and DVDPlay, Inc. (acquired by NCR), SVP Operations of Blackhawk Network, I...

Charlie spent the first 20 years of his career holding a wide variety of roles in grocery retail management and is now the President and CEO of Yottamark, where is responsible for driving the company’s strategy. Prior to joining YottaMark, Piper was CEO of Prommis Solutions (acquired by 4 law firms), was previously CEO of ePay and DVDPlay, Inc. (acquired by NCR), SVP Operations of Blackhawk Network, Inc., and VP of Corporate Retail Operations of Safeway, Inc. He received his MBA from Regis University.
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Samuel Godefroy

Samuel Godefroy is a Full Professor of Food Risk Analysis and Regulatory Systems at the Department of Food Science, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University Laval, Québec, Canada. He is also a professor at the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) at Queen's University of Belfast, in the UK. Samuel is currently leading the development of a Food Risk Analysis and Regulatory Excellence ...

Samuel Godefroy is a Full Professor of Food Risk Analysis and Regulatory Systems at the Department of Food Science, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University Laval, Québec, Canada. He is also a professor at the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) at Queen's University of Belfast, in the UK. Samuel is currently leading the development of a Food Risk Analysis and Regulatory Excellence Platform (FRAREP) hosted by the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods (INAF) of Université Laval.
Dr. Godefroy currently serves as a senior food science and regulatory expert on a number of advisory bodies and committees domestically and internationally, including expert advice to food safety projects led by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and serving on the International Advisory Committee of the China Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA). Samuel authored over 70 scientific publications and book chapters and serves on a number of international editorial boards of scientific journals related to food safety and nutrition. Dr. Godefroy received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI). He holds degrees in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering from the same University and from the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris, France,
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Rick Roop

Dr. Richard (Rick) Roop has been involved in the food industry for more than 36 years. He started his career in 1981 as a food product development scientist for Central Soya, Inc. and then Vice President of Technical Services for Holly Farms Foods, Inc. He joined Tyson Foods as Regional Manager of Quality Assurance in 1989 when Tyson acquired Holly Farms. He served as a Regional Quality Assurance Manager, T...

Dr. Richard (Rick) Roop has been involved in the food industry for more than 36 years. He started his career in 1981 as a food product development scientist for Central Soya, Inc. and then Vice President of Technical Services for Holly Farms Foods, Inc. He joined Tyson Foods as Regional Manager of Quality Assurance in 1989 when Tyson acquired Holly Farms. He served as a Regional Quality Assurance Manager, Tyson's Director of Corporate Quality Assurance, Vice President of Food Safety and Quality Assurance before becoming Senior Vice President of Food Safety and Quality Assurance in 2004. He was responsible for the company's efforts in food safety, quality assurance, regulatory compliance, laboratory services, statistics, animal well-being, and consumer relations. Over his career, the policies and procedures developed and executed by Rick and his team of approximately 2600 impacted over 100 production and distribution facilities, 11 fresh meat laboratories, 6 corporate laboratories, and 54 plant-based testing laboratories in the United States, China, India, Mexico, and Brazil. Rick officially retired from Tyson in the Fall of 2017.
Dr. Roop holds a bachelor's degree in biology and a Ph.D. in food science from Purdue University. He has been active in several industry organizations. He has served as President of the Ozark Food Processors Association, Chairman of the Technical and Regulatory Committee for the National Chicken Council, committees or advisory boards for U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, In-flight Food Service Association, Arkansas Biosciences Institute, and served on the Board the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
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