Who we are

Our aim is to deliver more efficient, environmental and profitable ways
for agriculture to use its resources.

For two years we have been refining our agronomic products and processing technology to be an impactful global company.


We are a team of passionate scientists, economists and engineers.


Ove Lerdahl

Ove Lerdahl, co-founder and CEO, has background in finance, venture and general management in multiple industries.


Kristian Haug

As COO, Kristian Haug is responsible for daily operations and administration. He is the project manager for the first biorefinery. His background is in IT sales and support, and he has extensive experience in the retail sector. He has successfully started and divested several businesses, and is also a farmer.


Nataliia Kasian

Nataliia Kasian has been working more than 15 years on design and surface functionalization of porous materials for catalysis. After earning her PhD degree in Ukraine, she has been improving her skills in research groups in Belgium, France and Norway. Nataliia is responsible for coordinating bio/chemical development and grant applications at Standard Bio.

Technical Concept Director

Ståle Amundsen

Ståle Amundsen is head of mechanical development and plays a key role in the business development team. Ståle is responsible for the design and testing of the enabling technologies that are core to Standard Bio's solution. He has background as a toolmaker and machine operator and has started several successful companies.


Anna von Stillfried-Rattonitz

Anna von Stillfried-Rattonitz is CDO, co-founder, part of business development team. She is a German citizen with a background in mechanical engineering.

Stefano Caro

PhD researcher at Aalto university (Helsinki), holds a MSc in Industrial Engineering from Politecnico di Torino and a MSc in Energy Engineering from Aalto university, with specialisation in waste to energy and biochar production. He has professional experience in photovoltaic and gasification industry.

Bjørn Moldskred

Bjørn Moldskred has a background from top-management positions in big FMCG companies, and long international consultancy, sales and marketing experience.

Our partners and experts

Better together

Standard Bio’s strategy is to develop process technology and concepts for bio-refining, as well as the production of high value sustainable products using low value waste streams. To ensure that company goals and milestones are met, Standard Bio has successfully established long term partnerships with international and Norwegian industry partners, as well as universities and research centres that are complementary to us. Our partners, both from Industry and Academia are global players within recycling, waste processing, forestry and agriculture.

We have a proved mechanical concept and established supply chain which includes design, manufacturing, maintenance, assembly, qualification tests and process development design application development. BandakPallmann and Elkem Technology are significant members in this chain.

Our selected products will be evaluated in cooperation with research organisations such as Sintef (avd. Biotechnology and materials), NIBIO, Høgskolen i Telemark, UiO and Søve videregående skole.

We are keeping our own R&D and product development to organise cooperation as well as building and running our own structures. Knowledge and verification gathered via our multi-disciplinary team and network is the basis for our business.

Our partners bring capability, capacity and creditability.

Bandak Lunde

Bandak Lunde is a centre for advanced machining in Bandak Group. Bandak supply engineering services, manufacturing, assembly and project deliveries for world leading players within Oil & Gas, Marine & Offshore and Renewables energy industries.

Role: Manufacture and assembly Special Cyclone machinery and sub-systems

Elkem Technology

Elkem is one of the world’s leading companies for environmentally responsible production of materials (silicon, silicones, ferrosilicon, foundry alloys, carbon materials and microsilica). Company with more than 100-years history.

Role: Qualification tests with different kind of industrial waste; process development; design application development.


Founded in 1903, the present company is a major machine manufacturer with worldwide capacities, specialising in size reduction and preparation techniques in various industries, offering more than 500 machine designs.

Role: Develop, design and supply solutions for recycling machinery and complete installations for the forestry and wood processing.

Søve videregående skole

Nearby agricultural school with needed facilities.

Role: Study of effect of soil amendments, bio-stimulants and fertilizers on plant growth.

NIBIO, Department of Soil Quality and Climate Change

The main mission of the Department is to improve understanding of soil processes in order to develop technological solutions for mitigating climate change and reducing impact of pollutants.

Role: Consulting on biochar properties for soil improvement and carbon storage.

Sintef (avd. Biotechnology and Medicine).

SINTEF is the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia. Biotechnology and nanomedicine are key enabling technologies for multiple industries. The technology is used in development of pharmaceuticals, biomaterials, enzymes, food, feed, chemicals and energy.

Role: Consulting on how to accelerate bio-degradation and decomposition of biomass.

Stephen Jospeh

Dr Joseph is a visiting professor at the University of NSW and a senior adviser in renewable energy and biochar technology. He has written over 100 books and articles. Dr. Joseph was the founding vice chairman of the International Biochar Initiative and co-editor of the first major publication on biochar.

Role: Consulting on biochar technology and biochar properties for soil improvement and carbon storage

Wandering Bear

Wandering Bear is a team of designers, strategists and technologists that help organisations connect and grow.

Role: Communication and strategic advice.


The Department of Natural Sciences and Environmental Health (INHM) focuses on understanding impact of human activities on environment. Research area covers among others: soil fertility and nutrients management, soil degradation and soil health, soil and water contamination.

Role: Study of effect of organic soil amendments and fertilizers on plant growth and soil health, field trials.

Soil FoodWeb

Soil Foodweb Analysis establishes the microbial biomass of the basic groups of microbes in soil samples, in order to compare the numbers to nature’s preferred balance in the soil food web for a certain crop. Plants perform best when the soil food web around its roots is balanced according to the natural ecosystem the particular plant originated from.

Role: Soil Foodweb Europe b.v. is part of the project to finetune the composition of soil amendments produced.