Biotech from the ground up

Lactobio is a world leading probiotic and microbiome research company located in Copenhagen, Denmark.


Søren Kjærulff, Founder & Chief Executive Officer

CEO of Lactobio and also a co-founder of Fermbiotics. Former Senior Director of Biopharma R&D at Novozymes AS, responsible for leading biology research within anti-infection and anti-inflammation.

Holds Ph.D. in molecular biology from University of Copenhagen and is author of several peer-reviewed papers and inventor of several granted patents.

Charlotte Vedel, Founder & Chief Operating Officer

COO of Lactobio and former CTO of Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability. Formerly Vice President of IP, DuPont Nutrition & Health and has longterm experience as R&D manager and scientist in microbiology and antimicrobial compounds.

Holds a Ph.D. in microbiology from the Danish Technical University and is author of several peer-reviewed papers and inventor of several granted patents.

Jan K. Villadsen, Chief Financial Officer

CFO of Lactobio - Jan has been an executive finance professional for many years both as CFO in biotech companies – Gubra ApS, NatImmune and Neurokey  – and as Treasurer in Group 4 Falck A/S.

In addition, Jan has held several senior positions in the financial sector primarily in investment banking and capital markets operations. Has two Graduate Diplomas in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School (CBS).


Steen Riisgaard, Chairman of the Board

Steen Riisgaard is an investor in Lactobio and serves as Chairman of the board. Steen Riisgard is the former CEO of Novozymes.

Other board positions:

• Novo Holdings A/S
• New Xelia Group A/S
• Villum Foundation
• Novo Nordisk Foundation
• Corbion
• University of Aarhus

Per Falholt, Board member

Per Falholt is a board member and investor in Lactobio. Per Falholt is the former CSO and EVP of Novozymes.

Other board positions:

• Universe A/S
• DHI Foundation
• Danfoss A/S.

Thomas G. Schmidt, Board member

Thomas is a board member and investor in Lactobio and the current CEO of 21st Bio.

• Senior Partner at McKinsey holding multiple leadership positions over 25+ years
• Serving global clients in biotech, pharma and agriculture
• Lived and worked in Europe, The US and Latin America
• Inspired, driven and visionary

Martin T. Permin, Board member

Martin Permin, who fast tracked his career at large American tech companies such as Airbnb and has great experience as an entrepreneur, is a board member of Lactobio.