Dr. Kevin Myers, Senior Vice President of Research and Development and Quality Control at Hormel Foods, visited The Hormel Institute on Monday, May 3. Dr. Myers met with Dr. Robert Clarke, The Hormel Institute’s Executive Director and head of the Cancer Systems Biology lab and professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics at the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Leena Hilakivi-Clarke, head of the Women’s Health cancer research lab and professor of Food Science and Nutrition for the University of Minnesota.

At the meeting, the three discussed ways to continue to establish areas of collaboration between the fortune 500 company and the cancer research institute. Past collaborations inspired by The Hormel Institute include the Hormel Vital Cuisine brand, a line of convenient, high-protein shakes, meals and whey powders designed for people who are undergoing treatment or recovering from diseases such as cancer.

“Important collaborations with Hormel Foods and other inspired leaders in the community is one of the reasons we were excited to join The Hormel Institute,” said Dr. Clarke. “I’m looking forward to continuing and growing these partnerships that will – through research – benefit people’s lives and positively impact health here and around the world.”