Gabriele Niederauer, Ph.D., has more than 30 years of experience in the research, development and commercialization of medical devices in several medical applications. She is a co-inventor of nine patents and seven applications for devices and methods used in orthopedic surgery, tissue engineering and ENT procedures. She has supervised the product development, regulatory, quality, pre-clinical and clinical activities for numerous FDA and internationally approved medical devices. She has been in leadership roles at several start-up companies in San Antonio, which were successfully acquired. Currently, she is CEO and President of Bluegrass Vascular Technologies, which addresses shortcomings in vascular access procedures for patients with limited, diminishing or complicated upper body access through their novel medical device, the Surfacer® Inside-Out™ Access Catheter System. In addition, she has volunteered her time and expertise at numerous non-profits, including co-founding The Health Cell. She also regularly mentors others in the bioscience community through various organizations.
Dr. Niederauer completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory at UT Health San Antonio. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biomedical Engineering from Iowa State University, a Masters of Science degree in Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering from Iowa State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic Engineering from Clemson University.