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.
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.
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."
"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."
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.
Director of Operations
Craig graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering. After nearly a decade of working in a variety of areas for Tate & Lyle, a global ingredient manufacturer for food, beverage, and other industries, Craig brought that experience to Heliae to facilitate the development of our large scale production facilities. Craig now manages many aspects of Heliae’s large scale production assets.
Algae Production Manager
"It’s exciting to work for Heliae, not only for the opportunity to work with some amazing strains of algae but to be a part of something that will change the world as well."
"Algae based products have a diverse and abundant future market potential. Hundreds of thousands of natural algae species exist in nature. The complexity of algae makes it a great organism for genetic modification as well, which compounds the potential product range we can anticipate coming from these organisms. Heliae is developing technology platforms today that in the future will support the production of any algae."
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.
"Working at Heliae is fun because there is never a lack of exciting new challenges. I really enjoy working in an environment of innovation and continuous improvement. My favorite thing about Heliae is the awesome people. Everyone here is passionate about their contribution to the company’s success."
Environmental, Health and Safety Manager
"It has been great to watch Heliae grow from a small team producing algae at lab bench scale to a multi-acre, multi-product production facility. I enjoy working for a company that fosters that kind of growth and a team that is able and excited to overcome challenges associated with a rapidly developing technology. I believe Heliae can change the world through developing sustainable and beneficial algae technology. From the start, that has been Heliae’s constant vision. My hope is that my children will benefit from algae and use it in their everyday lives."
Manager of Quality Assurance
"Heliae is creating a legacy for future generations. It is a pleasure working with a visionary team that supports and challenges me with the opportunity to do the right thing, in the right way, at the right time."
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.
"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."
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.
Eric brings nearly 35 years of experience in managing operations in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and consumer products industries. Eric began his work with algae in the 1980s, doing pioneering work with Dr. William Oswald in algal raceway production systems. After leading production facilities for Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and Tate & Lyle domestically and overseas, Eric returned to the algae industry when he joined Heliae as VP of Operations in 2014. Soon after joining Heliae, Eric was appointed Chief Operating Officer. Eric completed a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and earned an MBA in finance and operations management from Loyola University Chicago.
Director of Human Resources
Lori brings over 20 years of experience in human resources and organization development to Heliae, including leading roles with Westinghouse Corporation, Simon & Schuster Publishing Company, Universal Technical Institute, and International Cruise & Excursions. She joined Heliae based on her passion for helping emerging, high growth companies achieve their business objectives by focusing on transforming and maintaining a high performance culture. Lori holds a degree in Psychology from Millersville University and is a certified Senior Professional Human Resources Manager.
Director of Finance
Dan joined Heliae in January 2012, bringing over 15 years of experience including a variety of senior financial positions with a broad background in a wide variety of industries, including positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Honeywell. Dan graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.