Management & Board


Søren Kjærulff, Founder & Chief Executive Officer 

Søren Kjærulff is the CEO of Lactobio and also a co-founder of Fermbiotics ApS. Formerly, he was Senior Director of Biopharma R&D at Novozymes AS, where he was responsible for leading biology research in anti-infection and anti-inflammation. 

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

Charlotte Vedel, Founder & Chief Operating Officer

Charlotte Vedel is the 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 probiotics and antimicrobial compounds.

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

Jan K. Villadsen, Chief Financial Officer

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, he has held several senior positions in the financial sector primarily in investment banking and capital markets operations. He has two Graduate Diplomas in Business Administration from CBS. One in International Business and one in Organisation and Management.



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

Thomas G. Schmidt 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
  • Æived and worked in Europe, US and Latin America
  • Inspired, driven and visionary
  • Loves gravel biking in the forrest and dreams of becoming a professional windsurfer one day