“Penticton Top 40 under 40 is presented by Prospera Credit Union in partnership with the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce and JCI Penticton, with support from White Kennedy LLP Chartered Accountants”
When you first meet Geoff White, you can’t help but notice a quiet confidence that permeates from him as the owner of the biotech startup, ProgenyBio Agricultural Services Inc. (“ProgenyBio”) which operates from a brand new 3,200 square foot lab in a converted warehouse in Penticton since November 2013.
ProgenyBio’s niche is in developing new technologies in the organic agricultural sector such as molecular sequencing and growing tissue cultures. Geoff’s scientific background, he walked away from completion of his PHD studies, a very difficult decision Geoff made when he finally decided “I overcame this by realizing that I was the only person standing in my way and that my success was defined by me not by letters after my name.” and his bold decision to start his new company has put ProgenyBio on the cutting edge of a quickly expanding industry.
ProgenyBio was one of the top five companies in the 2012 Jumpstart Challenge investor pitch put on by Accelerate Okanagan, a technological incubator operating from the Okanagan. It also received “funding through NRC IRAP and Agri Innovation Foundation for developing a new technology for the agriculture sector.”
Having worked with many wineries in the region on a consulting basis including providing advice on molecular virus testing for the multi-billion dollar wine industry in the province, ProgenyBio’s business is growing quickly and Geoff has had to hire lab assistants to keep up with the growing demand for services.
Geoff is also in the process of developing a new business, CanGenX Bio Tech which will provide research and development services to the newly regulated medical marijuana industry. An industry which is in its infancy due to the recent change in Heath Canada regulations. With Geoff at the helm, CanGenX Bio Tech seems well positioned to compete very well in this newly developing sector.
On top of his successful business career and new business endeavor, Geoff is the proud father of two young children, who are his inspiration. “The curiosity and wonder that my children display as they learn new things about the world they live in inspires me on a day to day basis.”