915 Labs holds the perpetual, worldwide exclusive license to the MATS technology. The company’s current patent portfolio includes 60+ patents. The company has installed MATS systems at locations around the world and the first MATS-made foods hit retail shelves in June of 2017.

The microwave assisted thermal technologies were originally developed by food engineering scientists at Washington State University, in conjunction with a consortium of private food packaging and equipment companies and the U.S. Department of Defense. The MATS technology is the first in-package microwave sterilization technique accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


What kind of foods can be preserved with MATS?

Any food or beverage that will benefit from a lower cooking temperature and processing time is ideal for MATS processing. Heat-sensitive foods, such as eggs and other dairy ingredients, seafood and pastas, have all been successfully processed with MATS--from light pasteurization (up to 14 weeks shelf life) through sterilization with a one-year shelf life. Culinary experts working with MATS systems are developing recipes featuring a wide variety of foods, many of which are naturally rich in nutrients and high in protein, healthy fats and fiber, including:

  • pasta and sauces
  • soups
  • rice and grains
  • meats and seafood
  • vegetables
  • complex meals
  • beverages
  • smoothies
  • baby food
  • hummus and dips

MATS creates a new world of packaged foods currently not available. Packaged food products possible through MATS include spears of asparagus, corn on the cob and beets (in water), spicy Indian dishes and salmon filets, each with an additive-free label.

Below are just a few of the dishes created in our MATS food innovation kitchens. If you’re interested in visiting a MATS Center of Excellence to develop new foods with MATS, contact Roberta Brewster, VP of Business Development, at rbrewster@915labs.com.

Current Openings at 915 Labs

Director of Product Innovation

Company Description:

915 Labs is the exclusive provider of Microwave Assisted Thermal Sterilization (MATS™) and Microwave Assisted Pasteurization (MAPS™) processing systems, which offer a healthier way to sterilize and pasteurize food. Compared to conventional thermal processing, MATS and MAPS shorten the time foods and beverages are exposed to high heat, which preserves nutrients, color, texture, and taste — and eliminates the need for unnatural additives and excess sodium. These breakthrough technologies enable food manufacturers to deliver a wide variety of high quality, nutritious and cleaner label packaged foods.

915 Labs owns the worldwide, exclusive and perpetual license to the MATS and MAPS technologies and is currently manufacturing and selling the systems around the world.

Position Description:

  • The Director of Product Innovation for 915 Labs is accountable for the planning, staffing and executing food product and recipe development services for 915 Labs and its customers.  The individual is responsible for identifying culinary trends and translating them into signature products that showcase the power of MATS/MAPS technology. Responsibilities also include leading all MATS/MAPS product development and analytical methods training for customers and external partners. The role will report to the VP of Research and Development. 

Core Responsibilities & Initiatives:

  • Identify culinary trends and create signature products that showcase the MATS/MAPS technology
  • Lead product application efforts for customers
  • Lead product application and analytical method training and knowledge transfer for customers
  • Participate in the customer development and acquisition process
  • Develop and manage the product and analytical IP portfolio
  • Lead teams across 915 Labs and partner organizations through strategic problem solving, implementation planning and tracking for product application issues/services
  • Remain abreast of new/competitive technologies as they emerge and determine their application and/or impact to 915 Labs
  • Develop strategy for and lead the development of the next generation of tools and services for MATS-MAPS product application and support services

Denver, CO or possible telecommuting.


Minimum Position Requirements

BS, MS or PHD in Food Science.

Minimum Experience:

  • Ten years of demonstrated hands-on product development, product commercialization leadership within the food and beverage industry
  • 3 years culinary experience or culinary training
  • 5 years experience leading multi-disciplinary product development teams
  • Food engineering experience highly desired but not mandatory


  • High impact/visible leadership style
  • Self-directed with the ability to independently manage customer relationships, project deliverables and issue resolution
  • Energetic, positive, can do attitude. Strong sense of urgency
  • Hands-on culinary, product development and commercialization experience
  • Demonstrated ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams
  • Ability to multi-task and deliver results in an unstructured, ambiguous, lean, fast-paced environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to comfortably interact across mid to senior levels within customer organization
  • Strong presentation skills with a demonstrated ability to communicate accurate/effective presentations to internal/external technical and non-technical groups
  • Demonstrated ability to garner external partner enthusiasm and support for next generation product concepts
  • Ability to develop strong working relationships with integrated suppliers, customer and external partners
  • Advanced knowledge of culinary, product development and consumer research within the food industry

Must be willing to travel (domestic and foreign) up to 35% of the time.

Submit resumes to:
Lora Spizzirri, VP Research & Development