Award summary: Many newborns have heart problems. But therapy is difficult because artificial heart valves do not grow. So the doctors have to do several surgeries - or wait for the children to be old enough for an adult valve. Svenja Hinderer has developed implants that stimulate the development of a natural heart valve in the body. They consist of a protein-coated polymer, to which stem cells can dock and form a new tissue.
Svenja was also nominated as a finalist for the European award for the top innovators under 35, which will be awarded later this year in Paris, France.