Steve has over 20 years of orthopaedics industry experience, in addition to being a co-founder of Path4 Ventures and an Operating Venture Partner with PTV Sciences. During his tenure working in the venture space he co-founded Spinal Restoration and LDR Spine USA where he served as President, both Austin based companies. Steve was also instrumental in securing the investment in Ortho Kinematics, which is a portfolio company of PTV Sciences, and served on the executive team as Vice President of Product Development. He still serves on the Board of Spinal Restoration and maintains Observer Rights to the Board of Ortho Kinematics.
Steve began his career with Centerpulse Orthopedics (formerly Sulzer Orthopedics) where he held various executive management roles in Research and Development, New Business Development and Global Products in the areas of total joints, sports medicine, trauma and orthobiologics, and was also a member of the executive team responsible for the company turnaround following the largest product recall in orthopedic devices leading to an acquisition by Zimmer in 2003 for $3.2 billion. He has been instrumental in bringing many technologies to the U.S. orthopedic market, holds 5 issued patents, and several pending patents.
Mr. Whitlock holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.