AMSilk appoints Klaus Kjeldal as Chief Production Officer and Managing Director

  • Klaus will lead the scale-up of AMSilk’s protein production with existing CMOs
  • Klaus will be responsible for developing and implementing the future AMSilk strategy for protein production, including the development of capacities and new CMOs worldwide
  • Klaus brings more than 25 years’ biotechnology experience in global operations

Munich, Germany, 04 May 2022 – AMSilk GmbH (“AMSilk”), a world leader in supplying innovative high-performance bio-based silk materials, today announces the appointment of Klaus Kjeldal as Chief Production Officer (CPO) and Managing Director (MD).

Klaus was most recently Head of Operations Enzymes at BASF and has previously worked for Uniobio, Novozymes and Orkla Foods leading their global operations and manufacturing. He has considerable experience in global operations and brings a deep understanding of product development, purchasing, engineering, process improvements, internal logistics and contract manufacturing. Klaus has worked across Europe, the US and Asia with multiple different strategies, processes and technologies.

Dr. Wolfgang Colberg Chairman of the Advisory Board, AMSilk, said: “The Board and I are very pleased to welcome Klaus to the AMSilk Management Team. AMSilk is entering a new phase of growth and the appointment of Klaus is a testament to AMSilk’s growth strategy, as we continue to drive the industrial upscaling of the Company.”

Ulrich Scherbel, Chief Executive Officer, AMSilk, said: “To have Klaus join the team is validation of our role as one of the world’s leading suppliers of innovative high-performance biotech materials. Klaus’ knowledge and experience of global manufacturing will be invaluable as we scale-up AMSilk’s protein production in 2022.”

Klaus Kjeldal, Chief Production Officer and Managing Director, AMSilk, added: “I am excited to be joining AMSilk and help progress the Company through the production and operations growth phase.  AMSilk is a truly innovative company looking to make real change and I share its passion for making high-performance biotech materials that are accessible to everyone.”

AMSilk develops and supplies smart bio-fabricated silk materials for use in everyday life. The environmentally friendly, sustainable silk biopolymers can be fully recycled and are 100% biodegradable. These materials are leading the change to better and more sustainable products as well as driving state-of-the-art biomedical developments.

 

For further information please contact:

AMSilk GmbH

Kristina Zukolo

Tel: +49 (0)89 57 95 393-0

E-mail: pr@amsilk.com

 

Optimum Strategic Communications

Hollie Vile, Manel Mateus, Vici Rabbetts

Tel: +44 (0) 208 078 4357

E-mail: amsilk@optimumcomms.com

 

About AMSilk

AMSilk GmbH is the world’s first industrial supplier of vegan silk biopolymers and has its headquarters in Munich, Germany. AMSilk’s high-performance biopolymers have the unique functional properties of the natural product they are based on. AMSilk offers its innovative range of high-performance Biosteel® fibers for textiles and industrial applications worldwide and has announced collaborations and partnerships with world leading brands like Adidas and Airbus. The organic high-performance material can be used in multiple ways and is suited for medical devices as well as for personal care products. AMSilk biopolymers give such products unique properties. Among other things, the polymers are biocompatible, safe and robust. AMSilk invites you to discover more at www.amsilk.com.

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