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History, customers & people

John Oliver, Founder

Mast was formed in 1957 by John Oliver and celebrated it’s 50th year in business in 2007. The UK operation is based at Mast House, formerly Bootle General Hospital, which was originally opened in 1872, but is now complemented by modern manufacturing facilities.

The company was first set up to manufacture antibiotic sensitivity test discs from which the Mast name was derived. Mast is an acronym standing for multichrome antibiotic sensitivity test.

Since 1957 the product range has been greatly expanded and we now supply a huge variety of customers in hospital, private clinical, public health and veterinary laboratories as well as blood banks, food and water testing facilities and pharmaceutical companies.

Mast  has always been proud of its well qualified, highly trained and hard working staff who are dedicated to serving this increasing range of customers.

Mast Matters: 50th Year Commemorative Issue - Containing:

  1. 50 years of Microbiology & Antibiotics by Dr Trevor Winstanley
  2. 50 years and Counting – the History of Mast by John Oliver
  3. The History of Mast House by Barbara Lee



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