Kevin BernerCo-Founder, President, and CEO
Kevin Berner is co-Founder, President and CEO of Phycal. Formed in 2006, Phycal operates an algal biotechnology laboratory at BRDG Park on the grounds of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis and a subpilot-scale R&D production facility in Highland Heights, OH. In 2011, Phycal will begin construction on a pilot algae farm capable of producing over 100,000 gallons of algal oil per year in Hawai’i. The pilot farm will use only natural algae strains. The $61 million project is supported by the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory and by the Hawai’i Hydrogen Fund.
Dr. Berner is a graduate of West Point. He spent 15 years in the Army, seeing combat in Grenada and in the First Gulf War. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT. He is formerly a partner at McKinsey & Company, where he led the North American Manufacturing Practice.