HENDERSON, Colo. – Dr. Elis Owens, senior chemist/microbiologist for Birko, a leading provider of antimicrobial process aids and sanitation chemistry for the produce industry, will participate as a panelist at the PMA Fresh Summit Workshop, “Exploring Emerging Technology with Industry Innovators,” Friday, Oct. 18.
Owens will be presenting on the advances in cleaning and sanitation technology for food protection. He will join Dr. Bob Whitaker, PMA’s Chief Science & Technology Officer, and several visionaries championing new innovations in applying technology along the produce supply chain.
The workshop is scheduled for 12:30-2:00 p.m., in Room 348-349 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Owens is part of Birko’s R&D team and is active in developing Birko’s antimicrobial product line and attendant delivery systems. He oversees field trials at customer plants, works with university research partners and outside labs and acts as a government liaison for antimicrobial approvals. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wales in Cardiff, and conducted post-doctoral research at Michigan State University’s Center for Microbial Ecology. Owens has published papers in FEMS Microbiology Ecology and FEMS Microbiology Letters.