Geof has more than 35 years of experience in the medical device field. He was part of the Vancouver-based team that built and tested the world’s first robot specifically designed to assist in surgery, then went on to develop a number of other medical technologies, including tools for laparoscopic surgery, 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. After selling Neoteric to Haemonetics Corporation in 2009, Geof continued to work for Haemoentics until founding Claris Healthcare in 2012.
Claris Healthcare provides a reliable, accessible platform for delivering care into the home. Claris products provide social (family) care (Claris Companion), chronic care (Claris Continuum) and acute care (Claris Reflex).
Geof is very active in the Vancouver medical device community. He has served on the board of the Medical Device Development Centre for more than 25 years, 22 as Chair. He is also a Director of the AceTech Academy for Technology CEOs and an independent Director of several medical device startups.
Geof holds 21 US patents for a wide range of medical devices and technologies. In 2012, he was awarded the Encana Principal Award by the Manning Innovation Awards Foundation, Canada’s highest award for industrial innovation, in recognition of his development of the BloodTrack transfusion system.
Geof is an avid skier, hiker and Hobie-Cat sailor and enjoys mentoring startup entrepreneurs.