About us

On a Mission to Redefine Open Source Vulnerability Management

Building state-of-the-art reachability analysis on top of leading academic research.

The founding story

From an Academic Prototype Into a Tangible, Market-Ready Product

Coana is the brainchild of three static analysis specialists, including Professor Anders Møller from Aarhus University, a notable figure in the static analysis community.

Alongside Møller, his accomplished PhD graduates, Benjamin Barslev and Martin Torp, joined forces to address the critical challenge of securing open source software applications.

This expert team was further strengthened by the addition of Anders Søndergaard, an experienced startup founder, at the company's inception in 2022. Their combined academic expertise and entrepreneurial spirit uniquely position Coana in the field of advanced static analysis technology development.

Today, the Coana team consists of several former PhDs and experienced product developers, setting a strong foundation for building deeply technical and scalable static analyses across a broad spectrum of programming languages.

For a more in-depth account of Coana's origin story, read this blog post.

Timeline

Jul 2021
The first academic prototype of a reachability-based SCA for JavaScript is presented
Sep 2022
Coana is established
Oct 2023
First customer deployment
Jan 2024
Preseed fundraising round announced
The Founding Team of Coana

Martin Torp

Co-founder, CPO

PhD from Aarhus University. His PhD thesis Techniques and Tools for Supporting Maintenance of Node.js Programs is the foundation for Coana.

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Anders Søndergaard

Co-founder, CEO

Entrepreneur, former co-founder and CEO at Resilio (acquired by meQuilibrium in 2021), former Senior Venture Architect at LEGO Ventures, and Alchemist Accelerator Alumni.

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Benjamin Barslev

Co-founder, CTO

PhD from Aarhus University. His PhD thesis Static Analysis for Node.js is the foundation for Coana'.

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Anders Møller

Co-founder, CRo

Professor at Aarhus University and manager of the Center for Advanced Software Analysis. Recipient of the Danish Elite Research Prize 2020, research awards from Google, IBM and Amazon, and seven times a Distinguished Paper Award from ACM SIGSOFT or SIGPLAN.

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Our investors

Backed by Sequoia Capital, Essence VC, and Prominent Individuals

Coana is backed by Sequoia Capital, Essence VC, and prominent individuals in the industry such as Taylor Lehmann (Director, Google Cloud, Office of the CISO), Drew Dennison (CTO & Co-founder at Semgrep), Thomas Riisgaard Hansen (Director at DIREC), Anders Thorhauge Sandholm (Group Product Manager at Google Research), Paul St. John (previous VP of Sales at GitHub), Kamal Shah (previous StackRox CEO and Red Hat VP), and Esben Friis-Jensen (Co-founder of Cobalt & Userflow).

Customers

Leading Tech Companies Trust Coana

Chosen by progressive businesses seeking to boost their application security while emphasizing operational efficiency.