Matís is a government owned, independent research company, founded in 2007 following the merger of three former public research institutes. We pursue research and development aligned to the food and biotechnology industries as well as providing Iceland’s leading analytical testing service for public and private authorities.
Matís’ vision is to increase the value of food processing and food production, through research, development, dissemination of knowledge and consultancy, as well as to ensure the safety and quality of food and feed products.
Matís employs around 100 staff in offices, laboratories or Food Innovation Centres located in eight cities or towns around Iceland. Our turnover in 2014 was around $USD 11.5 million, of which 33% comes from international cooperation.
Employees at Matís include many of Iceland‘s most competent scientists in the fields of food technology, food research and testing, and biotechnology; food scientists, chemists, biologists, engineers and fisheries scientists. Several employees also hold associate positions Iceland’s universities, while approximately 15 Ph.D. students and many M.Sc. students conduct their research at Matís in collaboration with industry in Iceland and abroad.
Matís’ specialised fields include biotechnology, enzyme isolation, processing technology, traceability, genetic analysis, chemical and microbiological testing, physical and chemical properties of food, quality and safety of aquatic and marine catches, feed technology for aquaculture and environmental research.