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Norfolk Plant Sciences
& Norfolk Healthy Produce

Built to bring innovative products to market

Norfolk Plant Sciences:

A Source of Innovation


NPS is a spin-out from the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory, which together form one of the world's leading plant science research institutes. 


The company was established by Profs Cathie Martin and Jonathan Jones to enable their ground-breaking plant research to make a positive impact in people’s lives.


Now, backed by an experienced group of investors and advisors, led by Stephen Thomson and Eric Ward, NPS is developing its dark purple tomato into products, which will give consumers the benefit of their increased levels of anthocyanins. 

The Founding Team 

Prof. Cathie Martin

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) Fellow of the Royal Society Rank Prize for Nutrition in 2021

Prof. Jonathan Jones

Fellow of the Royal
Society US National Academy of Sciences

Stephen Thomson

Experienced board member, non-executive director and investor

Dr. Eric Ward

Co-CEO AgBiome Raised >$250 Million in AgTech investments

​Norfolk Healthy Produce:

Bringing Products to Market

We develop and market products that meet consumer and partner needs, using the cutting-edge and safe innovations developed by NPS. We are building an organization with core competencies in product innovation. CEO Nathan Pumplin, an entrepreneur with biotechnology commercialization and research background, leads Norfolk Healthy Produce. COO Mark Stowers contributes his decades of executive experience, building and leading successful produce and agriculture businesses.

The Executive Team 

Dr. Nathan Pumplin

Leadership in innovation and biotech

Dr. Mark Stowers


30 years executive leadership in produce & seeds

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