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Kuehnle AgroSystems, Inc.

KAS develops and produces microalgae for a variety of high value applications including aquaculture, nutrition, cosmetics and biofuels.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Clean Technology
  • Location Honolulu, HI, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded December 2007
  • Employees 18
  • Website

Company Summary

KAS specializes in the selection, characterization, development and scaling for production of microalgae species. The company provides premium live and processed algae for aquaculture as well as specialized cultivars and algae biomass for unique high-value applications for human and animal nutrition, cosmetic ingredients and biofuels markets. KAS allows customers cost savings, higher yield, performance consistency, and faster time-to-market.


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    Adelheid (Heidi) Kuehnle
    CEO & President

    Dr. Kuehnle’s expertise in developing and producing specialized microalgae is the basis for the technology and products at the Company. Dr. Kuehnle has over two dozen years of experience in plant breeding and bioengineering at Cornell University and at the University of Hawaii. Dr. Kuehnle has a BA degree from Middlebury College and a PhD degree from Cornell University in Plant Breeding. She is an inventor of 20 patents and applications.

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    Mark Ritchie
    Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO)

    Mr. Ritchie has over 20 years of experience working on product commercialization and business development. Mr. Ritchie’s focus at KAS is product development and operations management. Prior to KAS, Mark was a product manager at Silicon Graphics; VP at Scottish Development International and Business Development Officer at the Canadian Trade Offices in the Bay Area. Mark holds BA and MA degrees in economics from UC Berkeley, Tufts respectively.

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    Martin Johnson
    Chief Operations Officer (COO)

    Mr. Johnson has over 30 years of experience in the design, construction and operation of industrial facilities. His vast experience in manufacturing ranges from aeronautics (Pratt & Whitney), renewable fuels (American Renewable Fuels), construction (Suitt, Obayashi, Takenaka, and Taisei), farm product wholesalers (Perdue Agribusiness), research and testing (Ethyl Corporation) and pharmaceuticals (Fujisawa and Sevier Labs).

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    Fred Rickert
    CFO (Contract, part time)

    Mr. Rickert has extensive corporate financial leadership experience across multiple industries, notably as CFO for the Post of Oakland, and NYSE-listed Maui Land & Pineapple Co. Inc., VP Accounting for PLM Intl.

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    Paul Zorner
    Chairman of the Board (COB)

    Dr. Paul Zorner has over 30 years of experience in senior management in agriculture and energy biotech. Dr. Zorner is the former President and CEO of Hawaii BioEnergy. Paul has extensive Fortune 500 and start-up experience including senior management positions with Principal Energy, Diversa, CellFor, and Dow Chemical.


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    John Pierce, DLA Piper

Previous Investors

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    Kolohala Ventures
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    Multiple Angel Investors