Dr. James Rogers received dual undergraduate degrees from Carnegie Mellon University in materials science & engineering and biomedical engineering. Supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, he received his Ph.D. in materials science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. For his work, James was the 2012 recipient of the Frank J. Padden Jr. Award in polymer physics, the premier polymer physics prize in the United States. He also holds a master's degree in economics from UCSB, and is a graduate of UCSB's Technology Management Program. Based on the idea that every form of life on earth employs some form of protective coating to shield itself from the external environment, James founded Apeel Sciences to develop edible barriers to reduce postharvest losses of fresh produce. James leads a team of award-winning scientists and engineers to optimize Apeel's natural plant-based formulas for the protection of fresh fruits and vegetables.