Tropic Biosciences

Tropic Biosciences is an innovative start-up company formed in 2016 to develop new high yielding coffee and banana varieties.

The population of the Tropics will grow by over 500 million people by 2030, accounting for half the world’s population. This creates an unprecedented need for more productive and environmentally friendly agricultural production.

Originally based in Israel and the USA, its founders conducted a global search to find the best location for the company to grow and thrive. They chose the John Innes Centre.

Now based at the Norwich Research Park, having just moved out into a bigger space

Tropic Biosciences had these reasons for choosing the John Innes Centre:

  • Supply of highly trained researchers with the right skills and talents
  • Facilities and equipment available on the Norwich Research Park avoiding the need for early capital expenditure of £1-2m
  • Eastern Agritech and the NRP have provided a very supportive environment for growth
  • Norwich is a great place to live

The company will generate its first revenues in 2018/19 and anticipates growing from its current level of 17 staff, to 25 in 2019 and 50 in 2020.

They estimate that it will take about five years for its varieties to come to market and attribute 20% of their growth to the John Innes Centre.