February 3, 2022

Western Growers Announces Food Safety Cohort to Quickly Develop Cutting-Edge Prevention and Diagnostic Technologies

The AgTechX Food Safety Cohort is comprised of innovators who will receive exclusive resources to help them launch and scale

YUMA, ARIZ. (February 3, 2022) – As part of the inaugural AgTechX Food Safety event hosted by the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology, the Center for Produce Safety and the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture, WG introduced the AgTechX Food Safety Cohort, a global group of innovators specializing in prevention technologies and rapid diagnostics who will receive exclusive resources to help them launch and scale their projects.

“We are excited to welcome a talented group of innovators and entrepreneurs to Yuma to begin a year of focus on accelerating new food safety solutions,” said Dennis Donohue, Director of the WGCIT. “We have learned that co-development between growers and processers and technology companies is how progress really happens. We have a great group to get started with and we hope to attract other players as we proceed through the year.”

The initial members of the cohort are:

  • Javier Atencia, CEO & Founder, Pathotrak
  • Alex Athey, CEO, En Solución Inc.
  • Rafael Davila, Founder, Priority Sampling
  • Dr. Eyal Gerecht, President & CEO, TeraBAT, Inc.
  • Mike Hogan PhD, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, PathogenDx
  • Tom Jacobs, VP Sales and Marketing, SnapDNA
  • Marc Petitpas, Senior Director, North America Sales, ScanTech Sciences, Inc.
  • Carl “Skip” Rapp, CEO TeraBAT, Inc.
  • Jonathan Sierra, CEO, Yarok Microbio Ltd.
  • Chip Starns, Co-Founder, EVP, ScanTech Sciences, Inc.

The AgTechX Food Safety Yuma event, which featured panels on industry issues, regulatory views and food safety innovation, kicked off a yearlong initiative aimed at food safety technology acceleration to improve the toolkit of rapid diagnostics and prevention technologies. The next two events in the series are planned for later this year in Woodland, Calif. and King City, Calif. 

About Western Growers:
Founded in 1926, Western Growers represents local and regional family farmers growing fresh produce in California, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. Western Growers’ members and their workers provide over half the nation’s fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts, including half of America’s fresh organic produce. Connect and learn more about Western Growers on Twitter and Facebook