Our CTO Jord Prangsma is moving back to The Netherlands beginning of June 2018. Jord, we are going to miss you. We very quickly realized that you are a very bright man able to engage in topics ranging from fundamental physics to biology and business. It has been a real pleasure engaging with you in all kinds of situations and discussions. Keep in touch and thank you for all of your efforts.
Our new CEO, Michael Stanley Pedersen; his first day was Friday 1st June 2018. As he assumes his new role as CEO, he will step out of the Board of Directors as of 1st June 2018. Michael brings significant experience. His last role was as Vice President Sales & Marketing in NKT Photonics A/S (2011-2018), before that Chief Development Officer in Vestergaard Frandsen S.A. (2006-2011). Michael has worked in 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. Please wish Michael the very best. Frederik, our co-founder and leader since the start of our adventure will focus on new opportunities as our Director – Strategy & New Business Development.
Our Student Assistant Pascal Herren is moving back to Switzerland. As of end of May 2018 he will no longer be with FaunaPhotonics. It has been a true pleasure working with you Pascal. We wish you the best of luck in your new job.
Our Data Analyst Mikkel Jensen is moving on to new challenges beginning of May 2018. We very quickly realized that you are a sharp man able to think creatively and analytically. It has been a real pleasure engaging with you in all kinds of situations and discussions. Keep in touch and thank you for all of your efforts.
Results from two pollinator monitoring campaigns were presented. FaunaPhotonics has worked for Århus University in 2016 and 2017 studying spatio-temporal distribution of pollinators in white clover in Denmark.
FaunaPhotonics presented the insect sensor technology to booth visitors at the Bayer Digital Farming booth. Bayer was launching the new digital farming brand xarvio at the fair. Visitors could learn about Bayer’s innovative solutions such as the Field Manager and the Scouting App marketed by Bayer.
In November 2017, FaunaPhotonics started a collaboration with DTU National Veterinary Institute. In the project we are working with an entomologist and a statistician on two topics a) design of experiments in the laboratory and field settings and b) development and validation of methods for insect species klassifikation. Further, FaunaPhotonics will be working with other partners in the Smart Innovation program to adjust and refine the plan to bring the insect sensor to the agricultural market.
We all know the annoying sound mosquitoes make. You cannot only hear this sound you can actually also see it. At FaunaPhotonics we develop remote optical sensor technology and methods that allow us to observe the wing beats of flying insects at up to several hundred meters distance. We apply this tool for monitoring insects in agriculture and malaria control. In the talk, Klas gives a general overview of how the technique works and what it can be used for. FaunaPhotonics is a start-up based on the ideas of Mikkel Brydegaard (Lund University).
FaunaPhotonics participated in celebration of Koppert’s 50th anniversary. Our CTO, Jord pitched on stage on the topic of automatic insect mapping for sustainable agriculture.
Pascal Herren gave a 3-min pitch at the Agro Innovation Lab finalist days in Munich in July 2017, ensuring FaunaPhotonics a spot as one of the finalist Start-ups.
Link to program: https://www.agroinnovationlab.com/
Pia assists with tasks related to Finance & Administration. She has > 30 years of experience from positions related to system development and project management. Joy to have you with us in FaunaPhotonics.
Pascal is a M.Sc. student of agriculture at University of Copenhagen. He is from Switzerland and has experience from the Swizz Bee Research Center in Bern and the Swizz Research Institute of Organic Agriculture in Bolivia. We are happy to have you on the team.
Jason Jay 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 is Chairman of The Board at The Danish Food Partnership, Chairman of Dansk Industri (Copenhagen) and Chairman of ellab. Senior Advisor to Foss. Previously CEO and COO of FOSS. M.Sc. Biology and Marine Physiology.
We are very pleased that Jason and Torben have joined the Board. Looking forward to working with you.
Our Data Analyst Mikkel H. Jensen setting up booth at CUBE Tech Fair in Berlin.
You may not think of the buzz and whine of insects as musical, but the distinctive pitch of mosquito wingbeats could tell us how to fight malaria. Daniel A Gross meets the researchers and FaunaPhotonics who are pricking up their ears.
We are delighted to welcome Mikkel Jensen to FaunaPhotonics. Mikkel has an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Technical University of Denmark. Further he brings solid professional experience having worked with data analysis in FLSmidth. Mikkel has also been involved in field engineering assignments in Africa and the Middle East. Welcome Mikkel. Happy to have you on board.
A number of existing investors participated alongside Norsk Elektro Optikk AS (NEO) in a funding round.