2018 Innovator Under 35: Niki Bayat

Niki Bayat, AesculaTech

She invented materials that can heal eyes by sealing up traumatic injuries.

Niki Bayat, Cofounder and Chief Science Officer, AesculaTech

Niki is an engineer and entrepreneur who has made important contributions to chemical and biomedical engineering with a multitude of applications for ophthalmological and medical devices. During her PhD research, she developed ground-breaking biomedical devices including an injectable hydrogel for sealing eye injuries, another wound sealant in the form of a reversible thermo-responsive adhesive patch, and smart hydrogels that provide a unique platform for drug delivery. The research that led to development of the injectable hydrogel sealant was featured on the cover of Science Translational Medicine. Currently, together with a team of scientists and engineers, she is in the process of commercializing another one of her inventions through the company she cofounded, AesculaTech. They are working to develop a platform of thermally responsive materials for sustainable, localized drug delivery. This work is particularly effective for patients who need to administer eye drops daily.

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Innovators Under 35
individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades through the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems.