Who are we
We are a passionate and interdisciplinary group of engineers, data analysts and agriculture students working to develop better ways to monitor insects. Our team is developing cutting-edge optical remote sensing tools setting new standards for monitoring of insects. By combining scientific and engineering skills with the expertise of international partners we aim to ensure increased commercial availability of remote sensing technology in the agricultural sector, corporate R&D and scientific projects.
Michael Stanley Pedersen (CEO)
Vice President Sales & Marketing in NKT Photonics A/S (2011-2018), Chief Development Officer in Vestergaard Frandsen S.A. (2006-2011). Michael has gained significant experience from a broad range of business areas with top positions within the technical and commercial part of organisations. Holds an Executive MBA from Copenhagen Business School, a PhD in Physics and an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark.
Frederik Taarnhøj (Director - Strategy & New Business Development, Co-Founder)
Frederik is an intrinsically optimistic entrepreneur. He holds an MBA degree (2010) from MIT Sloan School of Management and works with 10x scaling of FaunaPhotonics.
Thomas Nikolajsen (CTO)
Thomas has years of experience in technology and business development. His last role was Head of Research at FOSS (2017-2018), before that CEO of Soft Flow Hungary (a FOSS company). A total of nine years at FOSS in various development positions. From 2005-2009 Senior Scientist in Crystal Fibre A/S in a team working on fiber laser modules. Results span bringing several technologies from the lab to commercially available solutions. Ph.D. in Physics and Optics and M.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics.
Flemming Rasmussen (COO)
Flemming is an experienced and structured manager. 12 years experience as R&D manager and Technical Director, RFS Denmark, two years as Technical Expert for L.M. Ericsson and 12 years experience as R&D engineer and Product manager, NKT Elektronik. B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering 1980.
Klas Rydhmer (Data Analyst)
M.S. degree from Lund University. Thesis topic “Applied hyperspectral LIDAR for monitoring fauna dispersal in aquatic environments”. Specialized on LIDAR data analysis and software development.
Ludvig Malmros (Data Analyst)
Ludvig Malmros works with LIDAR data analysis and software development. Ludvig did his M.Sc. thesis with FaunaPhotonics from Jan.-Jun. 2018. M.Sc. degree Lund University in Electrical Engineering.
Laurence Still (Data Analyst)
Sensor data analysis, cloud solutions and software development. M.Sc. Engineering - Advanced Robotic Systems (Denmark), M.Sc. - Physics (Great Britain).
Rubens Luciano (Development Engineer)
Electronics development and design. Experience as IoT Systems Development and R&D Engineer. Ph.D. in Biomaterials, Mechanical Engineering.
Alfred Strand (Lab and Field Development Engineer)
M.S. degree from Lund University. Thesis topic “Applied hyperspectral LIDAR for monitoring fauna dispersal in aquatic environments”. Expert on continuous wave LIDAR systems.
Josefine Holm Nielsen (Industrial PhD)
Graduate from the Technical University of Denmark, M.S. degree in Photonics. Broad understanding for physics and mathematics, as well as a focused knowledge within the field of Biophotonics.
Salena Helmreich (Field Biologist)
Lab & field trials. Experience as research assistant at the Wagner Lab (US). BA in Biology (US).
Brittany Beck (AG Intern)
Work experience as greenhouse technician. Studying M.Sc. in Agriculture Copenhagen University.
Pia Jensen (Finance & Administration)
Pia assists with tasks related to Finance & Administration. She has > 30 years of experience from positions related to system development and project management.
Board of Directors
David Hardwick (Chairman)
David Hardwick has participated in the laser and fiber optics business since 1960. After graduating with a degree in physics, he went to work for a research team at Honeywell. Since then he has been a Development Engineer, Manufacturing Manager, Marketing Product Manager and leader/CEO of several start-up photonics companies. He has co-founded several companies including Auxora Photonics, Confluent Photonics and IPG Photonics. He also advises several venture capital groups on the photonics industry.
Jes Broeng (Board member)
Jes co-founded Crystal Fibre (sold in 2008, now NKT Photonics) and Norlase. His is now a Professor at DTU Fotonik specialised in turning research projects into high-tech businesses. Jes has a Ph.D. and M.Sc. from the Technical University of Denmark and he is author and co-author of more than 300 publications, 1 textbook, and 15 patents (8000+ citations, h-index = 40).
Jason Jay (Board member)
Jason is Senior Lecturer and Director, MIT Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan School of Management. Consultant at Dialogos. Previously Lecturer at UC Irvine. PhD in Organization Studies, MIT Sloan. M.Sc. Technology in Education, Harvard University.
Torben Ladegaard (Board member)
Chairman of the Board at Food Nation and Ellab. Former chairman of DI-Hovedstaden, Confederation of Danish Industry, Capital Region. Previously CEO, COO and now Senior Advisor to FOSS. FOSS has grown revenue from DKK 0.5 bn to more than DKK 2 bn in the period Torben has been in top management. M.Sc. Biology.