Co-Founder, Biomet, Inc.
Dr. Miller received his B.S. Degree in Mechanical Materials Science Engineering from General Motors Institute in 1969. He then received a Masters Degree and Ph.D. in Materials Science-Biomedical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1971 and 1974, respectively.
Dr. Miller began his professional career at the Frigidaire Division, GMC in Dayton, Ohio from 1964 to 1969, working as a cooperative engineering student. From 1972 to 1975 he was employed at Zimmer U.S.A. in Warsaw, Indiana, in the position of Director of Biomedical Engineering. His responsibilities included engineering, prototype design and fabrication, as well as basic research support for all new product development programs. He was also responsible for coordinating and developing a custom and special product group, including marketing, sales, and manufacturing of custom products. From 1975 to 1978, Dr. Miller served as Director of Biomedical Engineering for Cutter Biomedical, a division of Cutter Laboratories, Inc., in San Diego, California. His responsibilities included organizing and staffing of a complete product development group, including formal budgeting and product planning functions. Finally, in 1978, Dr. Miller returned to Warsaw and, along with three other local individuals with orthopedic manufacturing experience formed Biomet, Inc. Their goal was to become the most responsive company in orthopedics while simultaneously providing patients with the highest quality and most clinically proven products in the marketplace. Since its inception in 1978 until March of 2006 Dr. Miller served as President and CEO of the company. With Dr. Miller at the helm, Biomet grew from $17,000 in sales its first year into one of the leading musculoskeletal companies in the world – with annual sales exceeding $2 billion.
Since his retirement, Dr. Miller has participated with a group of private equity sponsors taking Biomet private in September of 2007 and serves on the Biomet Board of Directors.