Paul Geyer graduated with a B.A.Sc. in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1988. In 1991, he founded Mitroflow International Inc., a medical device company that developed and commercialized bovine tissue heart valves. As the company’s president and CEO, Mr. Geyer grew Mitroflow from a start-up of nine employees and an investment of $800,000 in 1991 to more than 125 employees in 1999, when he sold the company to Swiss firm Sulzer Medica for more than $50 million. Mitroflow, now part of Sorin Group, continues to be one of the largest medical device companies in the Vancouver area.
Since June 2009, Mr. Geyer has been CEO of LightIntegra Technology Inc. LightIntegra has developed the ThromboLux technology which is used as a point of care device to determine platelet quality for blood transfusions. Mr. Geyer served previously on the board of directors for the Medical Device Development Center (MDDC) and MEDEC, the association representing medical device companies across Canada. He is an active angel investor and supporter of local technology and life sciences firms. Since 2003, he has been actively participating as a member of the board of directors at Science World British Columbia, where he took on the role as the board’s chairman from 2007 to 2010. Paul has established a scholarship endowment at UBC for the support of students in the newly established Biomedical Engineering program. Mr. Geyer is a Director and active supporter of BC Social Venture Partners, an organization supporting families and youth at risk through social enterprises. In 2011, he was awarded the UBC Engineering Community Service Award.
In 1998, Mr. Geyer received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Richmond (B.C.) Chamber of Commerce. In 1999, he was named as one of Business in Vancouver newspaper’s “Top Forty Under 40,” an award given to honour outstanding young business people in the city of Vancouver. Mr. Geyer is an active Angel investor in technology and life science companies. In 2010 Mr. Geyer was awarded the British Columbia Angel Investor of the year. 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. In 2011 Mr. Geyer received the BC Life Sciences Leadership Award.