Arjen J. van Tunen (1958) graduated as MSc. in Medical Biology in 1986 and as PdD in Genetics in 1991, both from the University of Amsterdam.
He worked 10 years for Plant Research International. First as Groupleader Molecular genetics of floral organ formation in flowers (1991-1995), followed by Head of department Cell Biology (1995-1998) and finally as Director Research (1998-2001). In 2001 he became Director of the Swammerdam Institute for Life Science of the University of Amsterdam. In 2004 he joined KeyGene, Wageningen, the Netherlands as CEO and as president of KeyGene USA.
Arjen is also Board Member of EuropaBio, HollandBio (Dutch Biotech Association) and Food Valley.NL.
Arjen’s main research interest is the development and application of novel AgFood and AgroBiotechnological crop improvement methods for economically important traits such as yield, quality, resistances and abiotic stresses.
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KeyGene is a privately owned Ag Biotech company with its primary focus on crop innovation. KeyGene’s approach is to enable molecular genetics for the future of global agriculture. KeyGene supports its strategic partners with cutting edge breeding technologies, bioinformatics and plant-based trait platforms, with more than 135 employees worldwide. KeyGene has sites in Wageningen, the Netherlands and in Rockville, USA. www.keygene.com