MatTek and World Precision Instruments Jointly Announce New Distribution Agreement

Posted on September 13, 2022 |
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The companies will offer both MatTek PermaCell Cell Culture Insert Plates and customized World Precision Instruments’ STX HTS EVOM™ Electrode for TEER available immediately to the life sciences market.

For immediate release [Ashland, MA, September 13] – MatTek Life Sciences and World Precision Instruments (WPI) jointly announced today a new distribution agreement that will give customers the ability to purchase MatTek’s new PermaCell High-Throughput Cell Culture Insert Plates and WPI’s customized STX HTS EVOM™ Electrode for TEER from either company in a single transaction.

MatTek’s new PermaCell Insert Plates are the optimal platform for 3-dimensional cell culture. The plates are designed for robust cell adhesion and growth in both monolayer and 3D tissue culture and the same membrane type is used in the production of some of MatTek’s 3D human tissues. “We have great success growing our tissues on this membrane type and this high-throughput system is perfect for pharmaceutical screening or academic research using a broad variety of cell types,” said Mitch Klausner, MatTek’s executive vice president. “A common method to test the barrier integrity of in vitro tissues is through TEER measurement, and our partnership with WPI to provide these specially compatible instruments to our PermaCell customers was a natural fit.”

Transepithelial Electrical Resistance (TEER) measurement is widely accepted as the most reliable and convenient method of evaluating and monitoring the structural integrity of epithelial tissue culture in vitro. WPI custom developed the STX HTS EVOM™ Electrode for TEER for specific compatibility with MatTek’s PermaCell plates and provides a high-quality, cost-effective alternative in the absence of automated equipment. Per Mark Rutledge, Chief Executive Officer for WPI: “Since the scientific acceptance of TEER measurement, we have been the global leader of TEER technology through the pioneering of our EVOM family of products.  Through this exciting collaboration with MatTek, we expand on this leadership by packaging MatTek’s innovative PermaCell Plates with our industry-leading EVOM Electrode.”

For further information, please contact:
Margaux Babineau, Director of Marketing, MatTek Life Sciences
Phone (US): +1 (508) 881 6771
Email: mbabineau@mattek.com

Tracy Luciano, Marketing Director, World Precision Instruments
Phone (US): +1 (866) 606 1974
Email: tracyl@wpiinc.com

This information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact persons set out above, on September 13, 2022 at 8:00 (EST).

About MatTek Life Sciences

Founded in 1985, MatTek Life Sciences began producing three-dimensional human tissue models as reliable replacements for animal testing. MatTek’s physiologically advanced tissue models empower companies in the cosmetics, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries to achieve their goals of non-animal testing while lowering preclinical costs and providing human-relevant results. With locations in the US and Europe, today MatTek’s offerings include skin, eye, oral, respiratory, vaginal, and intestinal tissue models including disease modeling, validated, and custom testing services, multiple donor primary cells, culture media, and highly optical cultureware.

About World Precision Instruments

For over 55 years, World Precision Instruments (WPI) has been a leading global manufacturer and provider of innovative research equipment and laboratory supplies to the life sciences, pharmaceutical, health care, and industrial markets. The company’s purpose-built portfolio, focusing on tissue and cell biology, fluidics, animal physiology and electrophysiology, delivers proven products and trustworthy performance, as indicated by over 16,000 citations in noteworthy publications. With an extensive global network and a passion for innovation, WPI provides novel solutions to customer’s daily challenges.

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