Paul Geyer General Information
Mr. Paul Geyer serves as Board Member at Sonic Incytes. He is a Co-founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer, Investment Committee Member & Board Of Director at Nimbus Synergies. He serves as Chairman at Stoko. He serves as Board Member and Chief Executive Officer at Discovery Parks. He also serves as Board Member at Claris Healthcare. Mr. Geyer served as the Board Member and Executive Chairman at LightIntegra. He also serves as President at Sulzer Microflow. Previously he was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Medical Ventures and Chief Executive Officer and President of Microflow. He has been actively involved in cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology markets for the past twenty years. In 1991 he founded Mitroflow International Inc., and as President and CEO, he grew the company from 9 to 125 employees as it successfully commercialized various tissue heart valve products. In 1999 the company was named one of BC's "50 Fastest Growing Companies", and was sold to Sulzer Medica for over $50 million. He received the 1998 Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and in 1999 was named one of the "40 under 40" business people in British Columbia by Business in Vancouver. He went on to found Medical Venture Corp. (Now Neovasc Inc.), a specialty vascular device company that develops medical devices for the rapidly growing vascular and surgical marketplace. At Medical Ventures, he was responsible for raising over $37 million in equity financing and expanding the company's product portfolio through internal development and the acquisition of three other companies. In addition to his role as Executive Chair at LightIntegra, he is Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee & Strategic Activities Committee at Neovasc, and is an active Angel investor in technology and life science companies. He has served on the Board of Directors of Science World British Columbia since 2003 where he was actively involved in the establishment of a new life sciences gallery called "BodyWorks" and currently holds the position of Chairman. He has also established a private foundation, the PNG Enterprise foundation, which is actively involved in projects supporting a number of different Charitable organizations including World Vision, Red Cross, Salvation Army, local public schools, take-a-hike youth at risk program, Science World, and others. He is a successful Medtech Entrepreneur and an experienced Board member. Over the past 20 years, he founded and led two companies through their growth phase, in one case to a successful private exit and in the other case through growth as a public company with numerous acquisitions. Both companies have grown to be anchor medical device companies in the Vancouver area, employing more than 350 people. In 1991 he founded Mitroflow International Inc., a tissue heart valve company. He grew the company from 9 employees to more than 125 employees in 1999. In 1999 he sold Mitroflow to Sulzer Medica, for more than $50 mil. His leadership resulted in Mitroflow growing to more than 200 employees, making it one of the largest medical device companies in the Vancouver area. In 2001 he started Medical Ventures, a new specialty vascular device company where he is currently Chairman of the Board. From its inception to June 2008, Mr. Geyer held the position of CEO at Medical Ventures (now Neovasc) and was responsible for raising over $40 million in Equity financing and growing the company's product portfolio through internal development and the acquisition of 3 other companies. Neovasc is a public company on the TSX and Nasdaq with a market cap of more than $700mil and continues to grow with operations in both Vancouver and Minneapolis, employing approximately 200 people. In 2008 he began focusing on sharing his expertise to assist other Entrepreneurs in building successful businesses, through his involvement as a mentor or Board member. Mr. Geyer is an active Angel Investor in technology and life science companies. In 2010 he was awarded the British Columbia Angel Investor of the year, and over the years has invested over $5mil in start-up businesses. He is an active supporter of the local Angel investment community, donating his time to assist local companies and investors through education programs and direct one-on-one mentoring. He is an active alumnus of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. In 2011 he received the BC Life Sciences Leadership Award. He is also focused on building the local community through his involvement as a Board member of both the Life Sciences and Technology associations, along with a number of non-profit community-based organizations. He is actively engaged as a Philanthropist as the Chair of the Board of Social Venture Partners Vancouver. He is also involved in a number of other non-profit organizations including Science World Chairs Council, Entrepreneurship at UBC Board member, Project Somos Children's Village and other local and International organizations. He graduated with a BASc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1988 and gained his Professional Engineer status in 1990. He has taken numerous postgraduate courses in Biomedical Engineering and medical technology and has completed the Canadian Securities Course. He served as Board Member at entrepreneurship@UBC Seed Fund.