Costa Rica’s history in Biotechnology dates from 1950, when the first cellular biology labs were opened in the country. Since then it has grown to be intrinsic in agriculture, forestry, and industrial productive processes, as well as research and development activities that have experienced significant growth in recent years.

The Costa Rican government supports the life sciences sector. Biotechnology and nanotechnology industries are now included as fundamental pillars of the strategic development plan for the country.

The biotechnology and nanotechnology industries in Costa Rica are made up of four main actors: state, academia, research centers and the private sector. There has also been a proliferation of business incubators to promote and accelerate the creation of new companies and innovation within these industries.