About us

ABOUT KEYGENE

The crop innovation company

KeyGene is the go-to AgBiotech company for higher crop yield & quality. With our intellectual capital, solution driven approach and collaborative spirit, we work for the future of global agriculture with partners in the AgriFood sector.

We specialize in crop improvement by molecular breeding. This non-GM approach is the fastest and most cost-effective technique to support breeding and food companies bring better crops to market.

Learn about our business locations:

KeyGene the Netherlands

KeyGene USA

KeyGene India

KEYGENE & SOCIETY
About us

"We are driven by innovation to make a difference by harnessing plant science and translating it into solutions that really matter. In that light we find it important to contribute to the big societal challenges at all levels". 

Arjen J. van Tunen - CEO KeyGene

Big societal challenges

Global challenges demand for better adapted, disease resistant crops. Also, consumers want high quality, affordable and safe food. Read more about KeyGene’s contribution.

Our local and regional connection

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.

keygene management
Arjen van Tunen
Arjen van Tunen
CEO
Michiel van Eijk
Michiel van Eijk
CSO
Leo Zwinkels
Leo Zwinkels
VP Finance & Control
Angelique Philipsen
Angelique Philipsen
VP HR & Corporate Affairs
Edwin van der Vossen
Edwin van der Vossen
VP Crop Innovation Unit
Walter Nelson
Walter Nelson
CEO KeyGene USA
Strategic shareholders
KeyGene was founded in 1989 by a number of Dutch seed companies

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 several times it has had to expand its facilities considerably. Today, KeyGene has four strategic shareholders active in the field of vegetable breeding.