U of G Participates in Series Aimed to Move Research to Market

October 09, 2007 - News Release

The University of Guelph is taking part in a conference aimed at moving food-related research from the lab to the marketplace.

"Research to Receptors" is a three-part series designed to link researchers to entrepreneurs, industry technology adopters and others who can help facilitate the commercialization of scientific discoveries.

Organized by MaRS Landing in co-operation with C4 and the Golden Horseshoe Biosciences Network, the inaugural series runs Oct. 10, 11 and 16, with the first day in London, the second in Guelph and the third in Hamilton.

The Guelph event is at the Springfield Golf and Country Club from noon to 6 p.m. and features five U of G researchers who will discuss current functional food and nutraceutical research and developments.

Prof. Laima Kott, Plant Agriculture, will outline her research on the health benefits of spearmint tea in treating asthma.

Prof. Gopi Paliyath, Plant Agriculture, who is studying the nutraceutical benefits of beverages, specifically red wine, will talk about the development of functional beverages.

Prof. Kees De Lange, Animal and Poultry Science, will discuss the opportunities that exist in developing functional meats from pork and poultry.

Prof. Amanda Wright, Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, director of the Human Nutraceutical Research Unit, will explore the current research in human nutraceuticals.

Prof. David Sparling, associate dean of the College of Management and Economics, will focus on the business side of commercializing research.

Also scheduled to speak is Peter Jones, director of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals in Winnipeg, who will discuss the opportunities that exist for research and business in Ontario in the area of functional foods and nutraceuticals.

The series is open to the media and the public. For more information on "Research to Receptors". Media registration can be done by e-mailing to opetrik@uoguelph.ca.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338, or Deirdre Healey, 519-824-4120, Ext. 56982.

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