Lincoln animal health company pivots during pandemic to provide human tests

By Matt Olberding, Lincoln Journal Star

Prior to March, MatMaCorp officials figured they would probably push into the human medical testing market sometime in 2024. But then the coronavirus pandemic came along and that timeline changed.

“We certainly didn’t start out 2020 planning our entry into the human market,” said Phil Kozera, CEO of the Lincoln-based company that specializes in genetic and diagnostic tests for livestock.

But after coronavirus showed up in Nebraska in March, Kozera said the company started hearing from friends and colleagues in rural areas of the state who were facing long waits for test results — if they could even get one — and wondering if MatMaCorp might be able to help.