Technology innovation for crop improvement
Founded in 1989, KeyGene is the go-to research company for the development and application of breakthrough technology innovation. We do this for and with our shareholders and other partners, for crop improvement in for instance vegetables, fruits, ornamentals, and industrial field crops. With our intellectual capital, solution-driven approach, and collaborative spirit, we work for the future of sustainable global agriculture.
Our aim is to support organizations with their toughest R&D challenges, by revealing, understanding, and using accessible genetic variation, inducing desired variation and enhancing breeding efficiency. For that, we offer our 30 years of track record of successful technology innovation, executed by powerful project teams that include experts in relevant disciplines like Data science, DNA- and RNA technology, Proteomics & Metabolomics, Cell- & Tissue technology, Genome Editing, Trait technologies, and Genomic Breeding Tools.
We work in an international environment with more than 150 professionals from all over the world. Our company is based in Wageningen, the Netherlands, in Rockville, MD, USA, and in Hyderabad, India.
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"We are driven by innovation to make a difference by harnessing plant science and translating it into technology innovation that really matters. In that light we find it important to contribute to the big societal challenges at all levels".
Roeland van Ham - CEO KeyGene
Global challenges demand for better adapted, disease resistant crops. Also, consumers want high quality, affordable and safe food. Read more about KeyGene’s contribution.
Major societal challenges have both a global and local dimension. We find it important to be actively involved in both. Read more about our support to local initiatives.
Their goal was and is to create synergy and higher efficiency in their molecular genetic research programs and thus improve their breeding efforts.
At the time of its foundation, KeyGene employed three people. Since then KeyGene has grown continuously and expanded its facilities considerably several times.
Today, KeyGene has some 150 employees originating from 10+ countries and is owned by four strategic shareholders active in the field of vegetable breeding.