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The biosensors industry is now worth billions of US dollars, with applications mostly in the biomedical field. The use of biosensors as emerging technologies could revolutionize the study and detection of foodborne pathogens, toxins, allergens, contaminants, and biomarkers for food quality. The development of biosensors will further serve the food industry, agricultural sector, regulatory community, and public health. Even though the biosensor research field attracts the attention of national initiatives across the world and tens of thousands of papers have been published in the area, very few of these biosensor technologies actually translate from research labs to real-life applications, in particular for food systems applications. This symposium will feature some recent and significant advances in the field of biosensing and its applications to food safety, food quality, and food processing and agriculture, as well as other biological systems. Presentations will provide insightful scientific and engineering analysis of advanced biosensor systems and propose future research directions. The speakers will address current innovations and challenges in biosensing technology and discuss strategies and current efforts to translate current research to real-life applications. To maximize the attendance and impact of this symposium, presenters have been carefully chosen for their diverse expertise on biosensing technologies, including real-time portable and disposable biosensors for the detection of infectious pathogens using nanotechnology approaches, new methods for pre-concentration and detection of infectious pathogens in food matrices using magnetic and gold-functionalized nanoparticles, novel antimicrobial agents to control antibiotic resistant bacterial, optical-based nanobiosensor designs to detect and discriminate neurotoxins in food, and sensors and high-throughput screening technologies for measuring multiple pathogens, spoilage microorganisms, and biomarkers of contamination in food and agricultural products.
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Salmonella contamination in low-moisture foods has been a serious concern in recent years. The strong thermal resistance of bacteria makes it difficult to pasteurize low-moisture foods using conventional methods. This session will introduce recent developments of pasteurization technologies and their applications, and new findings related to the behavior of pathogenic bacteria as affected by water activity.
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Recent criticisms around conflict of interest as well as lack of transparency and reproducibility of industry-funded studies have gained media attention over the last few years. Are these legitimate concerns? What are the key factors in maintaining integrity of industry-funded research? Experts will provide multiple perspectives on these topics. In addition, recommendations for improving the image of industry-funded research will be presented.