The University of California, Davis has announced a ten-year, $40 million commitment from Mars, Inc. in support of efforts to deliver significant breakthroughs in the areas of food, agriculture, and health.
The commitment will enable the university to establish a new program called the Innovation Institute for Food and Health in its World Food Center, a fledgling think tank dedicated to food issues along the entire innovation spectrum, from laboratory research to commercialization. UC Davis will commit $20 million of its own funds to launch the institute, which is expected to be operational in early 2015.
"Establishing the Innovation Institute for Food and Health will mark a great step forward in addressing the sustainability challenges we face at the nexus between food, agriculture, and health," said UC Davis chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi. "We are proud to be at the forefront of this multidisciplinary and multifunctional effort to confront these issues head-on through innovation at scale."