Claris Healthcare was founded with the goal of enabling seniors to increase connectivity with loved ones while limiting unnecessary hospital admissions. In order to achieve this goal, Claris Healthcare designs technology that shifts the typical care pathway for seniors living on their own from an ambulance ride destined for an emergency room to a preventative and interactive healthcare approach centered on overall patient well-being.
After extensive consultation with health care workers, home care providers, retirement home operators, hospital physicians, community physicians, seniors and family members to discover what could be done to ensure seniors are able to live independently, we developed Claris Companion™, an innovative communication appliance that helps promote self-managed care for seniors in their homes and enable a more appropriate escalation of care including visual consultations via video conferencing to ensure they are not unnecessarily admitted to hospital.
Geof has 30 years experience in the medical device field. He began his career by helping to build the world’s first robot specifically designed to assist in surgery, then went on to develop a number of other surgical technologies, including surgical tools for laparoscopic surgery, surgical limb positioning, blood sample handling equipment, apparatus for total knee arthroplasty and surgical drapes.
In 1997, Geof co-founded Neoteric Technology Ltd. Neoteric developed and commercialized technologies for ensuring the correct storage, tracking, handling and administration of blood for transfusion in hospitals. This technology, BloodTrack®, is now in daily use in hospitals in the UK, Canada, US, Australia and the EU. In 2009, Neoteric Technology Ltd. was sold to Haemonetics Corporation of Braintree Massachusetts (NYSE:HAE).
Geof was recently awarded the principal Manning Award for Innovation 2012 and serves as Chair at the Medical Device Development Centre in Vancouver (www.mddc.org), a position he has held for more than 20 years. The MDDC is a not-for-profit incubator centre promoting the commercial development of new medical devices. He is also an active technology business mentor through the BCIC mentorship program and AceTech Growth Strategy Program, serves on the AceTech board and a number of private boards, and is a program advisor for BCIT.
Geof holds 15 US patents for a wide range of medical devices and technologies.
As the Chief Operating Officer at Claris Healthcare, Paul Sharman is singularly focused on developing technology to promote aging-in-place and providing peace of mind to families and caregivers. Paul leads the research and development of the Claris platform which allows caregivers to engage with older seniors online and manage their care remotely.
Paul began his career with Neoteric Technology after receiving his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 2000. At Neoteric, he held a number of key positions from Product Manager to Director of Marketing for various acute care hospital software solutions. After Neoteric was acquired by Haemonetics in 2009, Paul took the role of Senior Marketing Manager for Hospital Information Management in Global Marketing. In this role he took on global responsibility for the strategic direction and tactical marketing implementation of Haemonetics’ hospital software business.
Paul Geyer is currently the CEO at LightIntegra, Chairman 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. Paul 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.
In 1991 Paul Geyer 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. Paul 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. Paul 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.
With over 25 years of business experience, David C. Fox is a management advisor focusing on technology, aerospace and defence businesses. His specialties are early stage growth, turn-around and building organizations to maturity. His current interests include healthcare management and automotive telematics, as well as A&D related projects.
David was formerly President and CEO of IWG Technologies/ International Water-Guard. He executed a turn-around and built this company into a profitable and growing world leader in aerospace water systems. Under his leadership, IWG became recognized for innovation, customer service and engineering excellence, earning Gulfstream’s Supplier of the Year award five years running.
Before joining IWG, David was VP Business Development for Vortek Industries, a supplier of high-energy optical systems. The company was branching out from its space solar simulation business into millisecond thermal processing of semiconductor wafers. This led to acquisition of the company by semiconductor tool manufacturer Mattson Technology. Further back, David has also managed a geophysical software company and worked in corporate development in the telecommunications network equipment industry.
In David’s varied career, he has been a Heathrow ‘ramp rat,’ a flight attendant, a private pilot and general manager of Airshow Canada. He earned a degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of London and an MBA from the London Business School.
In the community, David has been a mentor of the entrepreneurship@UBC Lean Launch Pad Program and sits on the steering committee of the Abbotsford Aerospace, Defence and Security Expo. He is a Director of the Aerospace Industry Association of British Columbia, as well as being a Freeman of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators.
Brent was an early employee at MDI Mobile Data International, where he pioneered the marketing of wireless communications into the North American utility industry. Subsequent to MDI, Brent was a co-founder of MDSI Mobile Data Solutions Inc., a leading provider of wireless workforce management solutions in the utilities and telecommunications industries worldwide. MDSI went public on NASDAQ in the late 1990’s, and was recently taken private.
Following MDSI, Brent became the first CEO of Abebooks.com, one of the world’s largest Internet sources of used, rare, and out-of-print books. Abebooks was recently sold to Amazon in a transaction that provided healthy returns for founders, employees, and investors.
Brent now spends his time consulting to the local technology industry, being an active angel investor, participating on community and business board of directors, and teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in Entrepreneurship at the Sauder School of Business, UBC.