According to the FDAVoice published on May 11th, "Last September, the FDA invited scientists, academics, entrepreneurs, and innovators from all disciplines to compete by submitting concepts that could improve and accelerate the detection of these disease-causing bacteria in foods. The FDA received 49 submissions.
The five finalists whose proposals will enter the next phase of the Food Safety Challenge are teams of researchers from these companies and universities:
Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.
Pronucleotein Inc., San Antonio, Texas
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.
University of California, Davis, Calif.; Dr. Bart Weimer; and Mars, Inc.
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Ill.; and Purdue University
(Purdue is represented twice, teaming with University of Illinois colleagues in one proposal and going solo in another, with different researchers on each team.)
Each team has developed ingenious new technologies for detecting food pathogens that could be real game changers in our ongoing fight against foodborne illness. They will each receive $20,000 and advance to the next stage in the Challenge. The winner or winners (there can be more than one) will share the remainder of the $500,000 total prize."
To read the entire FDAVoice please follow this link: FDAVoice May 11, 2015