UPDATED: Gov. Baker & Senate President Spilka To Tour Ashland Company Producing PPE & Sanitizer Tuesday

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ASHLAND – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will tour MatTek Life Sciences in Ashland today, May 12.

Senate President Karen Spilka will also join the company to visit the Homer Avenue company, which is producing personal protective equipment.

Founded in 1985, MatTek began producing human tissue models as reliable replacements for animal testing. MatTek’s skin, ocular, oral, respiratory, and intestinal tissue models are used to assess safety and efficacy throughout the cosmetics, chemical, pharmaceutical, and household product industries.

The Ashland-based company has expanded its offerings to include cultureware, primary human cells and media, 3Diy kits, and testing services in support of its mission to advance innovative in vitro science through the production of synergistic life science products and services. 

In April, the company began producing hand sanitizer.

MatTek’s lab staff and equipment will be able to produce more than 2,000 liters per week and has already donated hundreds of liters of its first batch to local hospitals and first responders in Massachusetts, said the Homer Avenue company last month.

After the tour, Governor Baker will hold his daily press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic. Media on the tour is via a pool.


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