Med-Tek Laboratories also known as Med-Tek Labs, Med-Tex, Med-Tek and Medtech was a pre-War company.
A biomedical research company in the United States, Med-Tek products included the Mentats and Fixer. It also released a series of kits including "My First Infirmary" and "My First Laboratory" which were capable of diagnosing and treating any injury or level of irradiation and removing addictions or producing chemical compounds.
Med-Tek invested in public relations campaigns in the form of trivia prizes in the National Archives featuring flavored Mentats variants. Sales of Prevent were projected to be +250% by 2078, and +330% in 2079.
In Appalachia, the company's Sympto-Matic machines were used in Harpers Ferry and in the Charleston AVR Medical Center. Med-Tek researched infectious diseases that targeted specific demographics, such as children. The Med-Tek Research facility went into lockdown when the bombs fell to prevent any contagion from spreading, trapping all the inhabitants.
Mentats was a line of nootropic smart drugs built to enhance memory and cognitive function, but also used recreationally for their impact on creativity. They were also highly addictive. Rumors that Fixer, their line of addiction-curing medications, was developed in response to that trait in Mentats, were never confirmed.
By the 2060s, Med-Tek also invested heavily in a line of self-diagnostic tools so regular citizens could determine what drugs they needed without the intervening influence of a doctor. My First Infirmary, My First Laboratory, and Sympto-Matic were all greeted enthusiastically by test markets, despite some troubling rumors about whether medical science or economics drove the prescription decisions behind those tools.
Finally, later years saw work on a new line of products: bespoke viruses that would target specific populations ranging from gender, to ethnicity, to age, to various genetic markers. By the Great War, this line had not yet seen full production, but its research vault was sealed prior to the first exchange and remains intact.
After the War
In a world where the overwhelming majority of medical experts and information is but a memory, the value of tools to diagnose and treat illnesses or injuries automatically cannot be overstated. Thus, Med-Tek lives on as a constant source of desire, a holy grail of sorts for many communities struggling with plague or nearby hazards.
The company's name is spelled "Med-Tex" on the packaging for Fixer.
Behind the scenes
- Lone Wanderer: "Can you explain how the My First Infirmary works?"
Wadsworth: "An innovation from Med-Tek, the My First Infirmary will automatically diagnose and treat any injury you might sustain. It will also make any of the pesky rads you've accumulated in the Wasteland vanish instantly."
- Lone Wanderer: "Can you explain how the My First Laboratory works?"
Wadsworth: "From the keen minds at Med-Tek, the My First Laboratory will instantly detoxify you, removing any nasty addictions from your body. If you're feeling the need to experiment, just set the lab to "brew" and a day later, it will produce a random useful compound. Remember that while the lab is brewing, you can't use the detoxify functions."
- Prize Redemption terminal, Redeem Voucher
- Administrator Berkeley's terminal, Notice u89003
- Med-Tek Research terminal entries; Sales report summaries
- West Everett estates terminal entries; Wayne's terminal, Made it home