Our Algae and Botanicals Make Better Products.

Kuehnle AgroSystems, Inc. (KAS) is a Hawaii biotechnology company with a world-class team of professionals. We research, develop and produce specialty chemicals and raw materials to make life better.  Our customers include multinational corporations along with valued regional companies and brands that require novel bioactive/biofunctional ingredients or improved manufacturing for personal care products (e.g., cosmetic, skin care, supplements) and agri/aquacultural purposes (e.g., feed additives, crop protectants, quality control).

Active & Functional Ingredients
Cosmetic & Skincare Products
Agriculture & Aquaculture

Culturing Life at the Cutting Edge

KAS uses its extensive library of Hawaiian microalgal strains and exotic plant cell cultures (plant “stem cells”) to provide unique cross-disciplinary expertise in cell line creation, target maximization, and process scale-up methodology.  Industrial fermentation allows our ingredients to be cultured for highest efficiency and quality, and enables rapid access to markets by our partners. KAS works with its partners and customers to originate new concepts, and to discover and deliver preferred bioactives, colorants and other biofunctionals for their markets.

News

Introducing Molokini™, Hawaiian Portulaca Stem Cell Concentrate
The Hawaiian Islands are recognized the world over for valued botanicals with healing, nutrition, and beautification properties. This now includes Molokini™ with Hawaiian Portulaca Stem Cell Concentrate (INCI: Portulaca Molokiniensis Callus Extract), a unique ingredient for skin care.
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AstaFusion™ Ingredient Featured at 30th IFSCC 2018 Congress in Munich
The research group of Professor Hitoshi Masaki (Tokyo University of Technology) delivered a coveted oral presentation on the efficacy of AstaFusion™ at the 30th IFCSS Congress, themed “Cosmetics: Science for Beauty and Lifestyle”.
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Molokini™ Trademark Allowed by U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
KAS received notice from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office that its trademark application for Molokini™ has been allowed. Molokini™ refers to KAS’s proprietary botanical extract rich in polyphenolics and betalains for use in making cosmetics.
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Notice of Publication: USPTO 20180066288 Producing and Altering Microbial Fermentation Products using Non-Commonly Used Lignocellulosic Hydrolysates
KAS received notice from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office that its patent application entitled “Producing and Altering Microbial Fermentation Products using Non-Commonly Used Lignocellulosic Hydrolysates”, with inventors Norie Anne B. Nolasco, Amit Vasavada, Adelheid R. Kuehnle, Robert J. Schurr, has been published.
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Introducing AstaFusion™, nature's blend of microalgal pigments
Our proprietary microalgal skin care ingredient, AstaFusion™, has been registered with the American Chemical Society and received its CAS Registry Number 1174756-78-5. AstaFusion™ is a natural, non-GMO oil-soluble pigment from the microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis macrozooid cell (pre-haematocyst).
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Notice of Publication: USPTO 20180002711 Heterotrophic Production Methods for Microbial Biomass and Bioproducts
KAS received notice from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office that its patent application entitled “Heterotrophic Production Methods for Microbial Biomass and Bioproducts”, with inventors Robert J. Schurr and Adelheid R. Kuehnle has been published.
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Notice of Allowance: Nuclear Based Expression of Genes in Algae
KAS is pleased to announce a notice of allowance for U.S. Patent Application no. 12/415904.
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Nikko Chemicals and KAS Product Launch
Nikko Chemicals and KAS have announced joint development and manufacturing of cosmetic raw ingredients derived from microalgae.
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Publications

Industrial Biotechnology Interview: A Conversation with Adelheid Kuehnle
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Kuehnle A.
Industrial Biotechnology. February 2017, 13(1): 11-13.
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Some Microalgae from the Hawaiian Islands with a Focus on Industrial Applications
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Kuehnle A., Schurr R., Perez M.
Current Biotechnology 2015; 4(4): 499-513.
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Algae-mediated valorization of industrial waste streams
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Perez M., N.A. Nolasco, A. Vasavada, M. Johnson, and A. Kuehnle.
Ind Biotechnol 11(4):229-234.
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Microalgae Crop Improvement: Tools for Quality Control and Molecular Breeding
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Schurr R. and A. Kuehnle.
Ind Biotechnol 10(3):237-243.
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Strategic Alliances Create Path to Commercialization for a Microalgae-Focused Start-Up
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Kuehnle A. and M. Ritchie.
Ind Biotechnol 9(5):286-288.
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