Abdennour Abbas, a bionanotechnology assistant professor, is studying alternative types of food packaging that could help save billions of dollars that are lost to spoiled food each year. And his research has grabbed the attention of a major food company, which offered to pay an adaptation of the study for its use. In an effort to improve and expand relationships between businesses and researchers, like Abbas, the Office of University Economic Development is implementing a new plan that aims to strengthen the school’s ties with its business and community partners.
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