Letter from the Executive Director

Welcome to the Memphis Bioworks website. Since our founding in 2001, Bioworks has been focused on building the Life Sciences in Memphis.

We have been privileged to launch and lead programs that fill specific gaps in the marketplace.

We have lent our support in terms of expertise, connections, and active participation in initiatives and programs launched by others.Brandon Wellford website

We have been involved with entrepreneurism, education, industry, government, investors, associations and individuals to help insure an integrated ecosystem that sets Memphis apart as THE place to launch a life science business – especially in medical devices and ag-sciences.

At Bioworks, we are always focused on the future, by improving the present. That has meant many different things, depending on need. Build buildings to fill a gap, launch schools to fill a need, create an investor group to fund ideas, create and spin off other not-for-profit initiatives to improve connections and enhance an opportunity, incubate new companies, accelerate an idea to a product, create companies to enhance the community offerings, and link all of the above for a focused ecosystem – we have done it all.

Through it all Memphis Bioworks has become the Mid-South’s go-to organization for creating companies, jobs and investments in life sciences that expand the economic vitality of our community.

The one constant at Bioworks is that we are never the same organization from one year to the next. Change is constant because needs are ever evolving. We are continuing to assess our programs to ensure Memphis’ place in this industry is secure, forever.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been funded through philanthropic contributions, corporate support, and state and federal grants.

I am privileged to assume the leadership role at Memphis Bioworks upon the April 2019 retirement of our founding executive director Dr. Steve Bares. Much of what I described above is the direct result of the vision, dedication and perseverance of Steve. It is astounding how much was accomplished during his 18 years of leadership. To say that Memphis was a lesser community before he started on this mission is an understatement. If ever anyone deserves to step away with a sense of great accomplishment, it is Steve.

This website is dedicated to the legacy of Steve and all of those who have made our work possible and to the programs that we have touched. We are still at work to build on this legacy and serve the needs of life science entrepreneurs.

Thank you.

Brandon Wellford
President and Executive Director
Memphis Bioworks Foundation