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Science and innovation are the currency of tomorrow - 29.1.2015

The year of 2014 has been the year of the knowledge based bioeconomy. Never before have we realized better the importance of science and innovation in tackling the grand challenges of food security and developing a sustainable bioeconomy. Matís has had emphasis on the blue bioeconomy and plays a key role in that field, domestically and internationally.

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Nova Scotia Bio-Food Agency Signs Innovative Agreement with Icelandic Technical Research Company Matís - 26.1.2015

Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc. has signed an agreement with Matis Ltd. of Reykjavik to support the innovative and progressive growth of Nova Scotia's agri-food and seafood sector.

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Iceland's unique position - 23.1.2015

Iceland is in a unique position when it comes to biotechnology and biomolecules due to its diverse and distinctive nature. "The division of Biotechnology and biomolecules has therefore also focused on investigation of the microorganisms that live in geothermal areas as well as on the continental shelf. We are therefore working with microorganism that are only found in Iceland and not known elsewhere", says Hordur G. Kristinsson, director of Biotechnology and Biomolecules and the Chief Science Officer at Matís. .

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The bioeconomy touches all life on earth - 21.1.2015

“In 2014 Iceland held the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers and focused on bioeconomy. Several research projects in the field were launched. The objective of these projects is, among others, to find new ways to improve utilization of our resources and to avoid waste”, says Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture.

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One of Matís' project is an RTD Sucess story - 19.1.2015

Amylomics, a project funded by the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, has been selected as an RTD Success story by the European Commission. Matís is leading the project and is cooperation with world leading companies such as Roquette Frères.

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The future of young scientists is bright - 14.1.2015

"I would be happy to be here at Matís in Iceland, the research facilities have grown recently with new instrumentation. I believe I would enjoy to manage different projects and supervise students", says Ásta Heiðrún E. Pétursdóttir, a Matís post-doc.

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Infrequent Campylobacter infection in food attracts attention - 12.1.2015

In the year 1999, after a wave of Campylobacter infection in Iceland the control of domestic broilers was intensified. Today, samples are taken from every herd of broilers that are to be slaughtered 2-5 days before the planned slaughter. If the bacteria is detected all the broilers from that specific herd are frozen right after slaughter. 

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Amylomics - new generation of biocatalysts - 9.1.2015

Harvesting the natural bounty of Iceland's volcanoes  –  Enzymes from Iceland help revolutionise industrial processes involving carbohydrates.

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Matís' Annual Report for 2014 - 6.1.2015

Matís' Annual Report for the year 2014 is out, in line with what has become a tradition; publication of the report in the first week of every year. The main focus of the report this year is on bioeconomy as this year the chairmanship of the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) was in the hands of the Icelandic government. The chairmanship rotates between the five Nordic countries and is held for a period of one year and followed by a three-year chairmanship program.

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