Victoria, Vancouver Island/Coast
Origen Air Systems
Victoria, Vancouver Island/Coast
We spend as much as 90% of our lifetime indoors. The buildings we occupy represent the most resource-intensive product on the planet, responsible for over 40% of the world’s energy consumption. In our relentless pursuit of energy efficiency, our indoor environments are plagued with harmful levels of CO2, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), and Particulate Matter (PM). These pathogens are linked to infectious disease transmission, poor cognitive performance, sick building syndrome, and other long-term health problems costing companies billions of dollars every year through absenteeism and under performing employees. To combat this problem, Origen Air delivers a visually stunning revolutionary IoT-connected air purification solution. We use our patented genetically engineered pothos ivy that has been scientifically proven to remove harmful toxins 80,000 times smaller than our HEPA-based competition from indoor air. These plants have been modified with the 2E1 liver enzyme that empowers the plants to rapidly capture and metabolize VOCs, including benzene and chloroform. This solution enables everyone to breathe better air. Peer reviewed articles show improvements in air quality and the removal of VOCs results in increased productivity, higher rates of employee well-being, increased employee job satisfaction and longevity. Our product combines genetically engineered pothos ivy, alongside true HEPA filtration to absorb airborne toxins and CO2 while producing clean oxygen. It is the right time for a holistic product that not only offers air monitoring services but a product that removes all typical air pollutants and at the same time is aesthetically pleasing.
In Business Since 2019
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Business Impact Award
What motivated you to start your business? Why are you passionate about what you do?
An inconvenient truth. A wild idea. A passion for the planet. Co-founder and resident plant guru at Origen Air, Andrew Crawford was the owner and operator of a successful living wall company. He would design and build expansive living wall installations for local BC businesses who desired more natural elements and greenery in their offices and residences. After one large project, Andrew dove deeper into the functional capacity of his living wall to clean indoor air. What he found was disappointing. The simple and surprising answer, from NASA themselves was succinct, “Regular Plants do not remove toxins from our air.” Disheartened but not defeated, Andrew took a deep dive to find better plants....ones that could save him and humanity from their toxic indoor environments we call homes and offices. In a serendipitous moment of fate, Andrew happened across a CBC radio interview with Dr. Stuart Strand at the University of Washington. He and the UW scientists had successfully created, developed, and tested a genetically enhanced plant that specifically removed man made toxins from indoor air. Knowing he desperately needed Dr. Strand’s valuable plant based IP, the pressure was on Andrew to deliver the pitch of a lifetime to the University of Washington. Andrew’s goal was to obtain the global exclusive rights to distribute these enhanced plants to clean his client’s indoor air. Enter Susan Blanchet, a 14 year civil litigator for the Province of BC with a heart of gold and a passion for the protection and preservation of the natural environment. Andrew shared his wild business idea with Susan. Susan’s entrepreneurial spirit soared, her legal mind went into overdrive, and the company was born. Taking on air pollution was always a lofty goal. The founders quickly learned that they had willingly taken on the challenge of a lifetime. Undaunted after 2.5 years of bootstrapping this disruptive, plant-based clean technology, neither founder would trade this opportunity for anything.
Why do you deserve to win the Business Impact award?
In a period of time where most businesses closed, contracted and kept their heads below deck, Origen Air pushed full-steam-ahead and grew as fast as they could. Even a global pandemic could not slow down the new hires, rapid-prototyping, international sales outreach and overall cavalier approach to business in 2021. Our mission to breathe life back into indoor environments, has been challenged by strict work-from-home mandates and directives from both companies and our provincial health ministry. Despite long odds, we successfully commercialised our first units in Q1 of 2022. As people return to office spaces, it is important to ensure that everyone feels safe in their environments. Healthy buildings are no longer just a frivolous job-perk, they are a necessity. To assist in this migration back to our offices, schools and facilities, Origen Air provides our clients with highly effective, visually stunning, air purification solutions to suit any and all types of indoor environments. Origen’s patented technology takes everything great about plants and delivers a scientifically proven air purification solution for today’s built environments’. We are committed to increasing public awareness of airborne threats and working to solve them for the sake of human health and environmental preservation.