Neogen Corporation has announced that Dr. Robert Donofrio has joined the company as the director of microbiology, research and development in Neogen’s Lansing, Michigan based food safety research and development group.

Dr. Donofrio comes to Neogen after a 16-year tenure at NSF International, an Ann Arbor, Mich.- based safety testing and product certifcation company. Most recently, Donofrio served as the director of the Applied Research Center at NSF International.

“Dr. Donofrio’s extensive professional experience, including strategic partnerships with academia, industry and regulatory bodies, will be strong assets for Neogen as we move forward in the development of innovative microbiological testing products to better serve the needs of the food and consumer goods industries,” said Dr. Jennifer Rice, Neogen’s vice president of research and development. “We have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with NSF International and Dr. Donofrio over the years, and we are very excited to have the opportunity to strengthen this relationship with the addition of Dr. Donofrio to the Neogen team.”

Donofrio will lead a team of 15 research scientists in the development of tests to detect pathogenic bacteria and spoilage organisms. The products include culture media produced in Neogen’s facilities in Michigan and England. The company’s microbiological products are used in more than 100 countries.