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 sustainable plant-based ingredients for aqua feeds, food, and personal care.

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

KAS Debuts Natural Astaxanthin by Novel Fermentation
The company’s break-through is comparable to the emergence of algal DHA using fermentation to replace marine oils for healthy, sustainable nutrition.
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ASTAFUSION® Trademark Allowed by U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
ASTAFUSION® refers to KAS’s proprietary microalgal extract rich in powerful antioxidants and natural oils for use in making cosmetics and sold as a component and ingredient of soaps, essential oils and cosmetics.
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Kuehnle AgroSystems Inc. named finalist for PBN Hawaii's Titans of Technology award.
Pacific Business News launched a new recognition program for, and about, Hawaii's high-tech community, Titans of Technology, in which Kuehnle AgroSystems Inc. was named a finalist for the award.
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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

Digestibility of Schizochytrium sp. whole cell biomass by Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)
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B.Hart, R.Schurr, N.Narendranath, A.Kuehnle, S.M.Colombo
Aquaculture, Volume 533, 25 February 2021, Article 736156
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Harnessing Algae for Natural Color and Sustenance
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University of Hawaii System
Noelo, Research and Innovation at the University of Hawaii, 2020 p. 26-27
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Brewing Change: Dark Fermentation of Photosynthetic Microalgae
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Kuehnle A., and R. Schurr
Industrial Biotechnology. February 2019 15(1):3-8
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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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