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DePlantis Ltd

We are working in partnership with phytopharmaceutical development company, DePlantis Ltd. to grow a crop used for the production of a licenced medicine using a herbal extract, which will target the common cold and other respiratory conditions.

Vertical Future will develop the first soil-free, hydroponic production of this extract, which is proven to have an anti-viral effect on coughs and colds and is a key active ingredient in over-the-counter drugs, allowing a year-round, reliable source in line with other medicines.

"This Pharmaceutical application is allowing us to demonstrate the use of Vertical Future’s technology beyond our traditional market of plants for food. Our goal has always been to improve the health of our world and population which stretches beyond providing sustainable produce. This partnership will open up a new market for our technology and we will develop a stand-alone pilot R&D facility for non-food crops that is GACP/GMP compliant which we aim to expand into producing other phytopharmaceuticals.”

Jamie Burrows

Leaves to Door

A switch to online ordering and less-frequent food delivery services seen at the outset of the COVID crisis highlighted the need for extended shelf-life salads and leafy greens. Funded by Innovate UK in response to the COVID crisis, this project further improves our proprietary growing systems to allow crops to be produced for sale to the consumer still growing.

We are adapting materials commonly used in packaging to produce punnets and growing trays that can be transferred directly from the growing system to the retailer with minimal human handling. Current live plant packaging is predominantly plastic, Innovate UK funding has allowed us to spend more time working to devise a fully biodegradable solution for the market.

By adapting our systems to produce both cut and uncut product provides a greater range of markets for our technology clients to access.

COVID has been difficult for everyone, yet with funding schemes like this in place, we were not only able to stabilise the production side of the business, but expand it also – and to a wider range of customers”

Dr. Jennifer Bromley, Head of Plant Research & Development


We have partnered with the crop science organisation NIAB and Zayndu, a start-up agritech company in the ‘CHOPS’ project to develop technologies and methodologies to deliver sustainable fresh produce with zero agro-chemical inputs from CEA facilities.

A project funded by Innovate UK over 2 years, as a consortium, we are aiming to scale up and further develop a non-chemical seed pre-treatment system as well as carry out significant greenhouse and vertical farm trials to identify varieties which are more suited to controlled growth environments. Through NIAB’s extensive genomics expertise, we will try to find any common link between these varieties to help speed up future variety choice.

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