Hiller’s interest in healthcare was born from personal experience. Growing up, Hiller lived with and helped care for an aunt who lost her sight at the prime of her career. “This experience gave me an inner drive to improve the lives of those around me,” says Hiller. “It’s incredibly fulfilling to use my love of learning to innovate and help people get well.”
As a graduate student at MIT, Hiller had her first big scientific discovery, applied for her first patent, and her work at MIT was pursued by researchers long after she had left. “I’ve been hooked on discovery and innovation in all fields since then,” says Hiller. “My goal is always to leave people, teams and organizations in a better place than when I found them.”
Now, Hiller leads a group of Scientists supporting the Research and Development of Boston Scientific’s innovations. During most of her tenure at Boston Scientific, she has worked in front-end innovation for medical devices and managed initiatives to strengthen internal innovation. “I am most proud of my work on the formulation development and characterization of the SYNERGY™ stent coating,“ says Hiller of her work at Boston Scientific. SYNERGY is an FDA approved drug-eluting stent for patients with coronary artery disease. “After three months, both the drug and the coating have dissolved, leaving behind a bare metal stent to keep the patient’s blood vessel open,” explains Hiller. It was impressive growth-driving work such at this that won her Boston Scientific Corporate Research Special Recognition Award.
Hiller is also committed to advocating for STEM careers, mentoring, and Diversity and Inclusion programs both within and outside of Boston Scientific. “I have phenomenal mentors and role models and I love sharing what I’m learning,” says Hiller of this work.
Abigail Ballou, Alexandra David, Shreya Iyer and Casey Nugent contributed to this story.
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