Gabriele Niederauer joined Bluegrass Vascular Technologies in September 2014 as CEO and President to work with the BVT team and commercialize the Surfacer Inside-Out Access System. The Surfacer system uses an “inside-out” approach to gain central venous access and allows physicians to maintain access in an occluded vein and eliminate the need to compromise an additional vein. Gabi has supervised the product development, patent, regulatory, quality, preclinical and clinical activities resulting in U.S. and international clearance of numerous devices. Niederauer has more than 25 years of experience in the study, development, and commercialization of devices for orthopedic, dental, ENT and vascular access.
Prior to BVT, Niederauer was senior vice president of technology and development and a founding officer of ENTrigue Surgical, where she developed and commercialized five sinus surgery products. ENTrigue was acquired in 2013 for $45 million by ArthroCare Corp., which was subsequently purchased by Smith & Nephew. Before ENTrigue, Niederauer served as vice president of research and development at C2M Medical, which was acquired by Tornier in 2010. Prior to that, she was director of R&D at OsteoBiologics. The company was acquired by Smith & Nephew in July 2006 for $72.3 million, following 2005 revenues of $3.3 million.
Niederauer completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Niederauer earned a doctor of philosophy degree in biomedical engineering from Iowa State University, a Master of Science degree in materials science and biomedical engineering from Iowa State, and a Bachelor of Science degree in ceramic engineering from Clemson University. Her research has led to over 20 peer-reviewed articles. Niederauer is also a co-inventor of nine patents.
Nationally, Niederauer has served on the boards of the Society for Biomaterials, the Biomedical Engineering Society, and the Orthopedic Research Society. She is an appointed honorary commander of the Air Force 59th Medical Wing's Honorary Commanders Program, a Trustee of the San Antonio Medical Foundation, and a Trustee of the Southwest Research Institute. She is a founder of The Health Cell, Vice Chair of the UTSA College of Engineering Advisory Board, and serves on the Masters Leadership Program and Seton Home Boards.