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Matis is an independent, governmentally owned, food and biotech R&D company headquartered in Iceland. We are active participants in many national and international R&D and innovation projects, including FP7 and Horizon2020 programs (33 projects since 2010), and have an ongoing fruitful global cooperation with many of the largest food and ingredient companies, a large number of SMEs and entrepreneurs, as well as universities and institutes.

Competences & Capabilities

Matis, though its staff of over 100 experts and its seven locations, has the following expertise:

  • Food processing, quality and safety
  • Biotechnology and genetics
  • Innovative processes and ingredients
  • Product and process development
  • Food and environmental analysis
  • Consumer and sensory science
  • Sustainability/full resource utilization
  • Traceability and logistics
  • Aquaculture
  • Market analysis and trends
  • New business development
  • Training and education programs

Matís has especially strong competence in the blue bioeconomy sector (marine and freshwater resources and products), placing great emphasis on the circular economy and interdisciplinary activities across food and biotech sectors, with the consumer at the center.


Vinlandsleid 12, 113 Reykjavik, Iceland


Dr. Hordur G. Kristinsson
+35 44 225 063

Partner in the following EIT Food projects


Fermented seaweed based novel feed additives - SEAFEED

The aim of the project is to develop microbes and anaerobic microbial processes applying marine microalgae feedstock for production of health promoting bioactive ingredients in feed


Development and implementation of new technology for transportation and storage of live seafood

Current technologies are not sufficiently sustainable as they suffer from high mortality, low stocking densities and quality losses of the food upon prolonged transportation and storage periods, that makes live seafood inaccessible for many potential customers and markets


MIDSA - MIcroencapsulated Diets for Sustainable Aquaculture

However, bivalve industry growth is falling behind fish aquaculture due to critical defects in the production process


Metamorphosis – enhanced insect protein for aquaculture

Metamorphosis will build on foundational work performed in year 1 in regards to conversion of organic waste streams into valuable, next generation functional aquaculture feeds, utilising insect biomass conversion and proprietary bioprocessing


Seaweed supplementation to mitigate methane (CH4) emissions by cattle (SeaCH4NGE)

There is a gap in the market for products with lower environmental impact as consciousness among consumers rapidly increases


FROM WASTE TO FARM: insect larvae as tool for welfare improvement in poultry

Insect larvae will be reared on food side streams, allowing the valorization of secondary raw materials produced in excess from food industries, and then used as environmental enrichments in laying hens and broilers



Novel approaches will be used to engage with next generation audiences: students from primary school to university

Public Engagement

The FutureKitchen Virtual Reality and EatingHealthy Video Infotainment Series

Incorporating smart kitchen devices developed by our very own 



We will achieve this by:  Convening a network of ‘maker spaces’, providing collaborative spaces to make, learn, explore and share, for MAKEathons and further prototyping resources; Designing and delivering a series of MAKEathons across Europe where different stakeholders come together to find solutions to identified industry challenges in specific value chains; Training professionals to be able to develop entrepreneurial capabilities across the food value chain in Europe