Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology in conjunction with The Center for Produce Safety and the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture will launch the event: AgTechx Food Safety – A Year of Food Safety Acceleration for Rapid Diagnostics and Prevention Technologies.

Don't miss the opportunity to hear from Dr. Rodrigo Nieto Gomez speak about the accelerating innovation and changing policy dynamics, followed by three panels that discuss how innovation should consider regulation in the product development cycle, the role of research, and what Western Growers Science, Technology & Innovation leadership believes to be important to its members. 

During the event, companies will learn about the opportunity to work with the WGCIT during the coming year on accelerating prevention and rapid diagnostic solutions. Details will be provided during the session.

For more information, please contact Dennis Donohue, Director of Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology at ddonohue@wga.com.

Dr. Rodrigo Nieto is a geostrategist and defense futurist focused on the consequences of the accelerating pace of change in homeland security and policing environments. He is a research professor at the National Security Affairs Department and at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School and has also worked as a certified facilitator and instructor for the Command College for the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and a former instructor at the Executive Academy of the Emergency Management Institute. He is also a faculty member of Singularity University. 

Dr. Nieto has a Ph.D. in Geopolitics from the French Institute of Geopolitics of the University of Paris. He holds a J.D. from the State University of San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

ACCELERATING INNOVATION
AND CHANGING POLICY DYNAMICS

Keynote Speaker DR. Rodrigo Nieto Gomez

APRIL 22ND

9:30AM

For more information please contact
Dennis Donohue
Director of Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology
c: 
(831) 594-4883   |   f: (831) 751-3580

Featuring guest speaker: 

INNOVATION 
FROM A REGULATORY PERSPECTIVE
10:00 AM

The role of research featuring guest speakers: 

RESEARCH PERSPECTIVE
10:30 AM

Discussion on food safety trends and the role of Western Growers Science & Innovation with guest speakers:

WESTERN GROWERS' 
ROLE
11:30 AM

ACCELERATING 
INNOVATION
AND CHANGING 

POLICY DYNAMICS
Keynote Speaker 
DR. Rodrigo Nieto Gomez

Tom Sidebottom 
Research Scientist and Consultant
(formerly with US Food & Drug Administration)

Paul Brierley
Executive Director, Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture

De Ann Davis
Senior Vice President, Science, Science & Technology 

Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli
Executive Director, Center for Produce Safety

Walt Duflock
Vice President, Innovation, Science & Technology