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Wellbeing Sector executives:

  • Mónica Umaña
    Mónica Umaña
    Sector lead
  • Gustavo Badilla
    Gustavo Badilla
    Sector Specialist

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Health & Wellbeing

Wellbeing Sector

Leading the bio-revolution:
a green goldmine for sustainable
life-centered solutions

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A breathing lab
for new materials & nutraceuticals

Costa Rica bets on a future where biodiversity, sustainability and technology pave the way for development. It´s not about growing at any cost but growing on a better way. As a globally recognized leader in sustainablity Costa Rica has "green" embedded in its DNA and can help companies deliver on this commitment as well.

The country is one of only 5 Blue Zones in the world where people live the longest. It accounts for only 0.034% of the global landmass but home to 6% of the world’s biodiversit and 50% of its territory covered by forests, making it a natural lab for nature-based innovation.

Global leaders have already started tapping into the innovation potential of Costa Rica’s sustainability with 25 of the RE100 companies operating in the country. Industries in nutraceuticals, cosmetics, personal care and new materials can also leverage its 32 research institutions and over 3,400 researchers in various specialised fields offer a unique pool of talent, capable of Collaborating with multinational companies eager to explore the riches of the tropical environment – that is, within a strong regulatory framework, as Costa Rica allows access to its biodiversity for sustainable uses.

Considering the increasing trend in popularity for ‘superfoods’ across the world and natural supplements for wellbeing Costa Rica is the right partner for businesses to thrive. The country currently exports 350 food products to 130 destinations worldwide, aided by its international brand as a place for green technologies and fair trade, developed in collaboration with local industries and suppliers.

1
of 5 Blue Zones

Costa Rica has one of five only “Blue Zones” in the globe

25
of the RE100

25 of the RE100 companies operate in the country

2.8B
people

Costa Rica free trade agreements give it preferential access to 2.8 billion people and around 67% of the world's GDP

21%
growth

Personal care and cosmetics exports have grown 21% from US$ 603 million to US$ 731 million in the last 5 years

#1
exporter

#1 exporter of high value-added services in Latin America (ITC, 2019)

15%
annual growth

15% annual growth in technical graduates for services operations

#1
producer of golden pineapple

Costa Rica is the #1 global producer of golden pineapple and #3 global producer of banana providing a rich source of inputs for new materials based on bio-fibers

17%
growth

Exports of coffee, tea, and spices have grown 17% between 2010 and 2018, from US$265.4 million to US$309.7 million

99%
Clean energy

Costa Rica is powered by 99% clean energy, a quick step for carbon neutral operations.

8
of the Top 50

Costa Rica hosts 8 of the global top 50 food processing companies. (Food Processing's Top 100, 2019)

Top 5
city in LATAM

San Jose-Heredia Metro Area: Top 5 most competitive cities in Latin America and the Caribbean for Food and Beverage industry (Site Selection, 2018)

+2300
graduates

Over 2,300 university graduates in Agronomy, Food Technology, Industrial Engineering, Biotechnology and Nutrition in 2018

Wellbeing Sector conections
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Applications

in this sector

Personal Care
Nutraceuticals

Some companies growing

in Costa Rica:

1 currently active companies in this sector

Dental
  • Accenture

    2005
  • Possible

    2006
  • Magma Studios

    2011
  • Konrad

    2013
  • FindaSense

    2013
  • Lionbridge

    2014
  • Cheetah Digital

    2017
  • Catalina

    2018
Dental
  • Accenture

    2005
  • Possible

    2006
  • Magma Studios

    2011
  • Konrad

    2013
  • FindaSense

    2013
  • Lionbridge

    2014
  • Cheetah Digital

    2017
  • Catalina

    2018
Dental
  • Accenture

    2005
  • Possible

    2006
  • Magma Studios

    2011
  • Konrad

    2013
  • FindaSense

    2013
  • Lionbridge

    2014
  • Cheetah Digital

    2017
  • Catalina

    2018
Dental
  • Accenture

    2005
  • Possible

    2006
  • Magma Studios

    2011
  • Konrad

    2013
  • FindaSense

    2013
  • Lionbridge

    2014
  • Cheetah Digital

    2017
  • Catalina

    2018
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Wellbeing executive:
Mónica Umaña

Mónica Umaña

Sector lead
Gustavo Badilla

Gustavo Badilla

Sector Specialist
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