Team


Integrated Talent

Innovative, experienced, and integrated: Heliae brings together more than 100 associates with a variety of talents and experience who are primarily focused in one of five key areas. Here you can read more about each of these areas and some of our Associates. Click on the Associate images below to learn more about their views or qualifications.

Research & Development


Our world-class R&D team applies innovative thinking and cross-discipline expertise to unlock the potential of a variety of algae strains and other biological platforms and organisms. Here are just a few of the nearly 40 associates that make up Heliae’s R&D team.

Luke Cizek

Development Production Manager


Luke completed academic studies focused on molecular plant biology and biochemistry at Arizona State University. At Heliae, Luke focuses on the development of novel and reliable platforms for algal cultures, including the design and performance optimization of algal bioreactors.

Dr. Eneko Ganuza

R&D Microbiology Manager


Eneko is a lead scientist and a key innovator in the area of mixotrophy, one of the primary technology differentiators at Heliae. With nearly 10 years’ experience in the algae production industry, Eneko is now leading Heliae’s efforts to use the full potential of the metabolic versatility that is distinctive to microalgae. As a PhD student at the University of Hull (UK) and University of Las Palmas (Spain), Eneko’s work on the synthesis of omega-3 fatty acid by heterotrophic microalgae was received with honors by a Nobel-Laureate led panel acting on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

Mike LaMont

Senior Director of R&D Systems


"What I like about Heliae is its mission, how we approach our work and our integrity. Many ‘sustainable solutions’ have appeared in the past 20+ years, but algae has real potential to be a sustainable solution that works. While growing algae is challenging, with those challenges come great rewards. Heliae utilizes cross functional working groups that share a common goal; to successfully resolve issues and grow algae at commercial scale. Heliae is dedicated to data driven, tangible results. We are willing to do the work and provide only reliable products with proven results."

Alex Sitek

Development Engineer


"My goal for algae technology is that it will evolve over time to provide sustainable, real solutions to problems across the globe, and to open new opportunities to improve the lives of people."


Operations


Every day our experienced operations team works hand-in-hand with R&D to produce products at commercial scale for our customers and partners. Our operations team includes a talented staff of scientists and engineers with significant algae science and production expertise, a few of whom are highlighted below.


Quality


Heliae prides itself on the quality of our products. Our Quality and Regulatory team ensures that every production batch meets our customer’s specifications and complies with all applicable regulations and leading industry standards. Some of our Quality team members share their thoughts below.


Corporate


Our corporate team provides Heliae with all of the capabilities required to realize its strategies. A few of our Associates that support our business are showcased here.

Teresa Jorgensen

HR Manager


"The people make this company special. Each and every associate brings something unique to the table. Their passion for algae and its magnitude of possibilities to make a difference in the world makes this a great place to come to everyday. Without our bright, talented associates, there would be no algae discoveries."


Leadership


Our leadership team promotes a relentless pursuit of excellence, integrity, responsibility, and innovation. Operating from these values in partnership with our Associates has allowed our leadership team to establish a track record of repeatedly meeting or exceeding key milestones in building a dynamic technology company. Heliae’s team has secured over one hundred million dollars of investment from strategic investors that are associated with some of the world’s most successful companies. Our team has employed these investments to develop a demonstration production facility that is producing multiple commercial products backed by significant ongoing research. Notable among many recent successes, our leadership team has overseen the launch of two commercial products, the large scale production of a cutting edge genetically modified microalgae product for a contract research partner, and the launch of an international joint venture.