Working with nature to create sustainable sources of plant biomolecules and extracts


“At Green Bioactives we work with nature to create sustainable sources of plant biomolecules and extracts to supply the cosmetic, pharma, food and agricultural industries with premium bioactive“ ingredients”.


Plants are natures principal chemists, capable of producing a vast chemical cornucopia of natural biomolecules to protect themselves, for example, from infection, environmental pollutants and ultra-violet irradiation.


These plant biomolecules are the core ingredients in many cosmetic, pharmaceutical, food and agricultural products. However, the yield of these biomolecules from plants is typically very low, the relevant plant species or their population might be limiting


Due to the complexity of these biomolecules the chemical synthesis of synthetic versions is routinely not economically viable or results in the production of environmentally toxic waste products. Therefore, producing sufficient quantities of these natural biomolecules to meet rapidly growing public demand can be problematic. 

Transforming the discovery, development and biomanufacture of safe, sustainable, plant biomolecules.
To become the world’s leading supplier of safe, natural and sustainable plant biomolecules for human health and well-being, while employing production processes that help protect our planet.
We believe our clients success ensures our success. We strive to achieve these outcomes by creating and nurturing positive customer (and employee) relationships, with a respect for well-being, together with a strong focus on innovation, dynamism and adaptability.


Green Bioactives is an innovative, start-up from the University of Edinburgh which utilizes plants or next generation cultured plant cells to produce biomolecules and cell extracts for the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, food and agricultural markets. Green Bioactives Ltd was founded on the urgent requirement for a robust and sustainable source of plant natural bioactive molecules for a myriad of potential applications across a variety of industrial sectors.


Green Bioactives Ltd was established through the Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research (ICURe) programme funded by Innovate UK. Following a competitive application process, Green Bioactives Ltd was awarded a place on the ICURe programme. Subsequently, Green Bioactives Ltd team was one of the companies selected for a competition at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall, London, assessed by a large panel of industrial experts, to compete for access to ring-fenced Innovate UK funding. After successfully navigating this assessment, Green Bioactives Ltd was awarded significant funding, in the subsequent Innovate UK competition, to support company formation and product development.


Consequently, in 2020 Green Bioactives Ltd located to the Roslin Innovation Centre (RIC), opened by the Scottish Government in November 2018. The RIC provides state-of-the-art facilities to support start-up and spin-out companies, predominantly from the University of Edinburgh. The RIC is embedded within the Easter Bush campus of the University of Edinburgh. Green Bioactives Ltd is in close proximity to the Pentlands Science Park, Edinburgh Technopole, University of Edinburgh and the Midlothian Biocampus. Collectively, this is one of Europe’s largest biotechnology clusters. Together, this provides Green Bioactives Ltd with access to cutting-edge facilities and expertise across the life science spectrum. 

Company’s Milestone

  • Successful competitive application for Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research (ICURe) programme, 2018.

  • Awarded Innovate UK funding to found Green Bioactives, 2019.

  • Investor Funding to help unlock Innovate UK grant, 2019. 

  • University of Edinburgh, Innovation Cup, Runner up, 2019.

  • Patent application submitted: Cognitive enhancement supplement, 2019

  • Green Bioactives locates to the Roslin Innovation Centre, 2020.




Green Bioactives have access to technologies to both increase the growth of plant cells in culture (developed in-house) and to increase the yield of products made by these cells. These technologies should be applicable for use in a wide variety of plant-based systems.


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Biomolecule Production

Green Bioactives uniquely blends plant cell isolation and culture, with cell line selection and scale-up, delivering high-performance production lines for commercialisation at scale. 


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Plant Cell Line Generation

Green Bioactives is able to apply extensive experience together with the latest scientific advances to generate plant cell lines from target tissues or organs for the commercial scale synthesis of a given plant natural product.


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Process Development and Scale-Up

Process development and scale-up expertise guides the optimisation of bioprocess conditions. This enables Green Bioactives to create robust, competitive and scalable processes to sustainably biomanufacture plant natural products. 


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Synthetic Biology and Genomics 

Green Bioactives uniquely combines synthetic biology, genomics and natural selection, creating proprietary systems for the biomanufacture of high quality plant natural products. Our multidisciplinary team blends experience and cutting-edge know-how, delivering all aspects of the development pipeline from project conception through to commercial scale manufacture, with a focus on yield enhancement.


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Screen Development and Cell Line Selection

We design tailored product assays, combining classical techniques with cutting-edge synthetic biology to precisely monitor target biomolecule biosynthesis. These provide a simple, reliable and practical means to identify both high-performing GM and non-GM plant cell production lines.


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Brain Function Enhancement

A natural, safety tested and human clinically trialled plant bioactive that promotes cognitive function in healthy adults.



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Roslin Innovation Centre
Charnock Bradley Building
Easter Bush Campus
Bush Farm Road Roslin

EH25 9RG, UK