Steven Morris – Founding Partner, CEO, President and Board Member
BIOLIFE4D Founder and CEO Steven Morris has more than 20 years of extensive experience in the precision machining and manufacturing industries, including 15 years serving as President of privately-held Inland Midwest Corporation (IMC) which merged with MedTorque Inc. in 2015. In 2000, he acquired a controlling interest in IMC and led the company’s transformation into a premier, state-of-the-art facility catering exclusively to the medical technologies industry. By concentrating on strategic process optimization, technical innovation, quality and customer service, IMC became a preeminent supplier in the industry counting some of the largest U.S. and international medical companies as its customers. The company was marketed as a “boutique” supplier to select industry OEM leaders, including Medtronic Spinal and Biologics, Wright Medical, Biomet and Zimmer.
Under Steven’s leadership, the company achieved much success including earning many Supplier of the Year awards from various customers. In fact, Medtronic, a multi-billion dollar international leader in the medical industry, ranked IMC top among all global suppliers for its Spine and Biologics division.
After several years of high profitability, Steven negotiated a successful exit strategy and sold the company in 2011. He remained on as President for two years following the sale.
After leaving IMC, he formed Creative Manufacturing Consulting Solutions (CMCS), a consulting company focused on achieving sustainable manufacturing solutions in the areas of operational and process optimization, quality system development and optimization, and industry and regulatory compliance – particularly those related to the International Organization for Standardization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
While leading CMCS, Steven simultaneously conducted more than two years of in-depth research into the specific processes and technologies of the 3D bioprinting and regenerative medicine field – and quickly recognized the nearly unlimited financial and human potential of this emerging market. Coupling his vast hands-on experience in medical manufacturing with extensive research and a partnership with industry-leading experts he formed BIOLIFE4D, a regenerative medicine 3D bioprinting company with the goal of facilitating the biological printing of viable human organs for utilization in patient-specific human transplantation.
Steven’s key strengths include building and optimizing state-of-the-art innovative processes, putting together best-in-class teams, and having a keen sense of strategic vision. He is uncompromising when it comes to producing the highest quality product and customer service. His diverse and comprehensive knowledge of medical devices, processes optimization and medical technologies will be extremely beneficial to the success of BIOLIFE4D. In addition, he has made his career building lasting relationships with customers and suppliers as evidenced by his successful reinvention of IMC.
Steven went to college at Tulane University as an undergraduate and then continued his studies at the University of Texas, Austin where he studied business. He has served for more than a decade on the executive board of the Illinois Manufacturing Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to job-specific skill set training and job placement for unemployed, underemployed, at-risk and other individuals who faced challenges and are looking for a second chance. Steven is also a Big Brother, providing guidance and mentoring to the same individual for over 30 years.