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Aquatic Energy LLC

Aquatic Energy is a biotechnology firm focused on identifying, isolating, and domesticating high protein and omega 3 rich algal species.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Biotechnology
  • Location Lake Charles, LA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2007
  • Employees 25
  • Website

Company Summary

In the past five years, the price of food and fuel have risen to new heights, accompanied by mounting climate and food pressures. AE’s solution is to offer industry-leading, affordable algae biotechnology that can replace fossil fuels, boost nutrition in foods. That’s because algae are the fastest-growing plants in nature, yielding more usable oil and meal than any traditional crops, including soybean and corn.


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    David A Johnston
    Chief Executive Officer

    Serial Entrepreneur, $12 MM Invested in Companies Founded, Experienced Board Member, Technology Advisor and Executive. Prior to founding Aquatic Energy in 2006, David co-founded and developed a $6-million biodiesel facility on the eastern shore of Maryland, Baltimore Biodiesel LLC. Today, renamed Green Light Biofuels Princess Anne, the facility produces 5 million gallons of biodiesel from poultry fat annually.

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    Ravikumar Ramanujam
    VP of Research & Phycology Operations

    Ph.D. in Phycology from the University of Madras in Chennai, India, he is an expert in identification, isolation and culturing of various micro-algal species. He has operated commercial outdoor algae growth systems for the last 20 years. Most recently the Manager of Phycology/ Aquaculture Quality Control Laboratory at the world’s largest vertically integrated desert aquaculture facility, which utilizes algae as a primary feed for shrimp farming.


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    Keith Marino
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    William Trimm

Previous Investors

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    Richard Kramer
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    Robert Marino