Kieran heads the Finistere Ventures E.U. office based in Dublin, Ireland. In addition to his activities in Ireland and the rest of Europe, he is focused on the application of biologicals in crop protection and animal health. Kieran brings a wealth of international experience from large chemicals companies and biotech/cleantech start-ups to the Finistere team. He started his career with the global chemical firm, ICI, and spent a decade in the catalyst industry with ICI and Johnson Matthey in a range of technical and commercial roles across the globe. During this time he worked closely with major agribusiness customers such as Cargill, ADM and Bunge.
Following his career in the chemical industry, Kieran entered the world of start-ups. He first worked at Solzyme (now TerraVia) – an algae biotechnology company – piecing together the company’s initial manufacturing supply chain and launching its first commercial product (a skincare serum). Kieran then led the business development activities at Virent including a successful partnership with The Coca-Cola Company in the development of a 100% bio-based PET bottle. He has now turned his attention to the application of biotechnology in agriculture.
A native of Ireland, Kieran has recently returned to his home country following 20 years overseas in the USA, Germany, the UK and Argentina. Kieran has a degree in Chemical Engineering from University College Dublin, Ireland and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University where he was an Arjay Millar Scholar.