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The 2016 MedTech Boston 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovators


Jeri’Ann Hiller, PhD
Senior Manager at Boston Scientific
Jeri’Ann Hiller, PhDDr. Jeri’Ann Hiller comes from a family of successful, trailblazing women. “I believed that I could be as well,” says Hiller of her decision to embark on a career as an innovator. “I chose science because of its beauty and complexity and my love of learning.”

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.

MedTech Boston Staff

    Abigail Ballou, Alexandra David, Shreya Iyer and Casey Nugent contributed to this story.

    6 Comments

    1. Sraliceop@netscape says:

      Congratulations to Call9! I admire the motivation and purpose behind your work. May it enhance the Gift of Life for many people. And it all started with Al and Estelle! My best wishes and prayers!

      Alice Reichmeider, O.P.

    2. Chandra reddy says:

      Nina
      Way to go
      We are all so proud of you

    3. kusuma rao says:

      Hi Nina my name is KusumaRao classmate of your parents at MMC.i want you to know how proud i am of you not just the intelligence but the compassion for others at such an young age.To tell our own self for nthe good of others in not known in indian community. you made all of us feel good keepup the goodwork and God bless you love Kusuma aunty

    4. Dr. Harneet V Thakur says:

      Hi Anshuman,

      I am very proud of you and lucky to have you as my student. It was known during your M.tech project that you will shine. Many best wishes and congratulations. I wish you grand success in all your endevours.

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