From farm to fork: PIPA and Mars team up to improve food safety with new omics analysis platform

Published: 6-Mar-2024

PIPA LLC and Mars have joined forces to develop a cutting-edge omics analysis platform that will accelerate research and operations insights related to potential pathogen risks throughout the food supply chain

This new capability will proactively address food safety challenges by supporting Mars research to help ensure safe food for consumers and their pets. 

The computational bioinformatics solution will support the detection of foodborne pathogens and assist with outbreak prevention through the analysis of the whole genome sequences of microbial isolates.  

This will help food manufacturers to make informed decisions that ensure supply chain continuity and embrace advanced technologies across the company’s diverse portfolio.  

“At Mars, we believe everyone has the right to safe food. Collaboration between governments, academia, industry and startups is critical for this to be a reality,” said Darren Logan, VP Science Research at Mars.

“This is why we are combining PIPA’s cutting-edge computational and genomic technology, with Mars global microbial bioinformatics expertise to redefine what’s possible in early detection and risk prevention.”   

Ilias Tagkopoulos, PIPA Chairman, said: “We are proud to collaborate with Mars on an initiative that will revolutionise how we safeguard food integrity through the combination of genomics and predictive analytics.”

Tagkopoulos highlighted: “As food production and trade become increasingly global, food supply chains are becoming more complex, and managing potential disruptions is critical."

"Mars and PIPA are leveraging their deep bioinformatics know-how and employing cutting-edge technologies to fulfill our shared mission for safe and sustainable food supply chains for everyone.”

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