New Members of iia
As we reflect on last year, the International Irradiation Association would like to thank its long term and new members that enable iia to continue to promote the safe and beneficial use of irradiation. We look forward to representing the interests of our members during 2018, acting as the global voice for the radiation processing industry and promoting the work of the scientific and research community. During 2017 we welcomed 8 organisations as new iia members from industry, research, academia and government affiliated departments as listed below.
BENEBION operates its first facility devoted exclusively to food irradiation in Mexico: phytosanitary treatment; removing bacteria from dehydrated or frozen product; and shelf life extension of some fruits. Benebion also provide consultancy on compliance with national and international standards in the food industry.
2. BUDKER INSTITUTE OF NUCLEAR PHYSICS
(Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science)
The Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics is the largest academic institute of the Russian Federation and one of the world’s leading research centres in the field of elementary particle physics, accelerator physics and technology, synchrotron radiation sources, free electron lasers, high-temperature plasma physics, and controlled thermonuclear fusion.
3. CANADIAN NUCLEAR SAFETY COMMISSION
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect health, safety, security and the environment; to implement Canada’s international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy; and to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public.
4. CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY
(Food Science Programme)
Chapman University is a highly reputed private University located in Southern California. The Food Science program was founded in 1989. For over two decades, faculty have established expertise in various aspects of food irradiation ranging from fresh produce to ready-to-eat foods. At present, our focus is on evaluating the effect of irradiation on the quality of fruit treated by irradiation for insect disinfestation with the ultimate goal of eliminating global trade barriers by reducing the threat posed by invasive pests.
Chapman University’s membership of iia is sponsored by STERITECH (www.steritech.com.au)
Gammatom, located near Milan in Italy, understand that the application of radiation for scientific and industrial purposes cannot be generalised and has worked for many years to tailor solutions that serve the specific needs of its customers. Their professionals apply skills with passion to develop new applications and customised solutions, the same passion with which Gammatom was established many years ago.
6. INSTITUT DE CHIMIE MOLECULAIRE DE REIMS
(Université De Reims Champagne-Ardenne)
The research work done at the Institute of Molecular Chemistry encompasses various basic aspects of molecular chemistry: synthetic methodology, reactivity and molecular engineering, green chemistry, advanced analytical methods, with many projects interfacing with fine chemistry, biomass valorization, life sciences (biomolecules, pharmaceutical chemistry, cosmetics), environmental sciences (diagnosis, prevention, remediation) and materials science (elaboration, structural and functional properties).
Konnexis, located near Ottawa in Canada, is the global market leader of modern sterilization controls systems. Since 2000, Konnexis has provided medical device manufacturers and sterilization services contractors with control systems for any sterilization modality including EO, Gamma, Xray, and E-Beam. Over 1 million pallets are sterilized per year with Konnexis products driving innovation, growth, and production efficiency.
8. RUSSIAN INSTITUTE OF RADIOLOGY AND AGROECOLOGY
The Institute is Russia’s only centre for fundamental and applied research for the sustainable development of agriculture and the production of environmentally safe products and raw materials. It is the recognized leader in the field of fundamental and applied research in agricultural and general radiobiology and ecotoxicology and the development of technologies and systems for agricultural production. The Institute has its own production base and a complete autonomous engineering infrastructure, including a boiler house, treatment facilities, special sewerage and special ventilation, allowing research with sources of ionizing radiation.