The Illuminate Group
The Illuminate Group combines world-renowned expertise in science and technology with ingenuity in order to provide innovative end-to-end cold chain solutions.

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Jean-Pierre Emond, Ph.D.

About Us - Jean-Pierre Emond, Ph.D.

Jean-Pierre Emond graduated from Laval University in Canada in 1987 with his B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering. In 1989, he earned his M.Sc. in Food Science from Laval University. In 1992, he received his Ph.D. in Agricultural/Food Engineering from the University of Florida, where his work focused on creating a modified atmosphere packaging system for fresh produce. Dr. Emond is the COO of The Illuminate Group.  Since 2005, Dr. Emond has been the CEO of Blueye, LLC, a cold chain technology development company. He is currently engaged in cold chain research activities in food distribution and retailing, as well as in the pharmaceutical industry. 

Dr. Emond was a professor in the Packaging Science Program at the University of Florida and the Co-Founder/Director of the UF/IFAS Center for Food Distribution and Retailing from 2004 to 2010. He was a research professor and Dean of the College of Technology and Innovation at the University of South Florida Polytechnic from 2010-2012. He was the director of cold chain research in the Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute from 2012-2015. Dr. Emond was the founder of the Food Engineering Program at Laval University and head of the Air Cargo Transportation Research Group from 1992 to 2003. He is a founding member of the Global RF Lab Alliance (GRFLA) and a member of the editing board for the International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications. He is currently the principal scientific advisor for the Cool Chain Association (CCA). Dr. Emond is currently a member of the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) Thermal Blanket Task Force and Chair of the ISTA 7E Committee. For eight years, Dr. Emond was the scientific advisor for perishable and pharmaceutical products with the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

His main research sectors include food and pharmaceutical packaging, handling, and transportation. He has over 275 technical communications and 7 patents in perishable packaging and RFID applications. He has completed more than 60 research projects since 1993, totaling over $20 million in the areas of packaging, transport, and distribution.