Meet the Innovators Under 35

Svenja Hinderer, Fraunhofer IGB

2017 Innovator Under 35: A design for a heart valve that’s biodegradable—potentially eliminating the need for repeat surgeries

Svenja Hinderer, Scientist, Fraunhofer IGB

Dr. Svenja Hinderer is a group leader and deputy head of department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB). She completed her PhD at the University of Stuttgart in 2014. In 2015, she was awarded the prestigious Deutscher Studienpreis by the Körber Stiftung for the best PhD thesis in natural sciences and engineering in Germany. Her research focuses on the generation of biomimicking and functional biomaterials for application in regenerative medicine. Since 2014, she has also taught biomedical technology at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen.


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.