Prof. Dr. Katja Schenke-Layland took over the management of the Natural and Medical Institute (NMI) in Reutlingen on April 1, 2018. She succeeds Prof. Dr. med. Hugo Hämmerle, who has headed the institute since 2008. The new woman at the head of the NMI is an old face in the institute's networks: since 2011, Schenke-Layland has been a professor of medical technology and regenerative medicine at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen and is involved in numerous biomedical research projects with the NMI. During her career at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB in Stuttgart, where she has been working since January 2016 together with Prof. Dr. med. Christian Oehr temporarily headed the institute. As head of the NMI, the 41-year-old biologist now brings her expertise in research and management together in Reutlingen, while at the same time continuing her professorship. "I have always felt the need to promote a socially relevant, innovation-oriented research with the aim of application in medical technology and regenerative or personalized medicine, which represent important future fields for the economy of Baden-Württemberg," says Schenke-Layland.