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About KeyGene

KeyGene is the go-to global research company for the development and application of breakthrough technology to improve a wide variety of crops.

We help our partners solve their toughest R&D challenges by discovering, understanding and using genetic variation, inducing desired new variation and improving breeding efficiency.

They can rely on our 30-year track record of innovation, supported by powerful project teams in a wide range of disciplines that include data science, DNA and RNA technology, proteomics and metabolomics, cell and tissue technology innovation, genetic variation induction, trait technologies and genomic breeding tools.


Our research is targeted at the specific demands of our partners and, more broadly, to support the long-term agricultural needs of society. We operate in a KeyNovation ecosystem that engages academic groups and technology providers alike to achieve maximum benefit for our collaborators.

KeyGene is based in Wageningen, the Netherlands; Rockville, MD, USA; and Hyderabad, India. Our staff of close to 150 professionals originates from over 15 countries.


Our History

KeyGene was founded in 1989 by several Dutch seed companies. Their goal was to work together to increase the efficiency of their molecular genetic research programs and to improve their crop breeding efforts. KeyGene is currently owned by four strategic shareholders active in the field of vegetable breeding: Enza Zaden, Rijk Zwaan, Limagrain Vegetable Seeds, and Takii.

Our locations

This is how and where you can find and meet KeyGene's team

Wageningen, NL

KeyGene HQ

+31 (0)317 466 866


Agro Business Park 90

6708 PW Wageningen

The Netherlands


P.O. Box 216

6700 AE, Wageningen

The Netherlands

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Rockville, USA

+1 (0)240-314-7400


9600 Gudelsky Drive

MD 20850 Rockville

United States of America

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Hyderabad, IN

+1 (0)240-314-7400


The Executive Centre (TEC), Level 1, Building-Orwell 2 Salarpuria

Sattva Knowledge City, Plot No.2, Inorbit Mall Road

Telangana, India, Hitech City, Hyderabad 500 081


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