Jul 12, 2023

Nina Langer: Menzies Scholar 2022

Nina Langer: Menzies Scholar 2022

MedTech Actuator Menzies Scholar 2022: Nina Langer

Nina Langer is a mechanical engineer and a PhD candidate at Monash University bringing innovation to cardiovascular healthcare through her research and development of a heart-assist pump to improve the quality of life of patients with heart failure. In 2022, Nina was a MedTech Actuator Menzies Scholar, taking on one of society’s leading causes of death, heart failure. 

Developing a novel ventricular assist device for patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.

One particular challenge contributing to worldwide healthcare burdens lies in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), which lacks enough research despite accounting for approximately 50 percent of cases leading to heart failure. Nina was motivated to explore the area and develop innovative solutions with the goal of improving health and quality of life for people across the globe. Through dedicated research and scientific advancements, Nina has taken on the project with deep passion for making an impact in the MedTech industry. 

“The unique interface between medicine and engineering fascinates me, and the collaboration between engineers and clinicians presents exciting opportunities”

Nina’s project is specifically tailored to study the hemodynamics and anatomical conditions of patients with heart failure. Her findings reveal that other treatment solutions are often large and difficult to implant, compromising patients’ chance of post-surgical survival. With little to no treatment options remaining, patients with life-threatening cases of heart failure often resort to palliative care. Through Nina’s proposed solution to this pressing problem, a novel heart pump could serve as a bridge between transplantation and permanent therapy, meeting an unmet need in the treatment of heart failure while reducing its financial burden on the healthcare system. 

Caption: Nina Langer working on her PhD project to develop a novel heart pump. 

Throughout Nina’s journey as a 2022 MedTech Actuator Menzies Scholar, she gained valuable knowledge about commercialisation strategies and business models, which she is applying to her research project and beyond. 

“The Menzies Scholarship Program offered me insights into the process of bringing a product to market and helped me determine my project’s stage and plan ahead.”

Nina participated in a series of workshops and interactive online coaching sessions throughout the Menzies Scholarship Program, and sought guidance from industry experts and inspiring founders where she learned valuable insights into the startup journey. In addition, the program helped Nina develop a well-defined plan for moving forward post-PhD, allowing her to gain a comprehensive perspective and strategic approach in advancing her career path. 

Since completing the program, Nina has continued her PhD studies, taking her expanded skill set and drive for innovation, now focusing on the product development of her novel ventricular assist device for patients with heart failure. 

I highly recommend the Menzies program due to its personalised approach and emphasis on individual projects… This tailored support fosters valuable learning and enables participants to effectively apply these strategies to their own projects, enhancing their chances of success in the competitive business landscape.”

Are you a future MedTech Actuator Menzies Scholar?

The MedTech Actuator Menzies Scholarship is an opportunity for scientists, researchers and innovators to explore the world of entrepreneurship, research commercialisation and MedTech, BioTech and HealthTech startups. 

Applications are now open for the 2023 MedTech Actuator Menzies Scholarships. Find out more about the program and apply now.

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The MedTech Actuator Menzies Scholarship is supported by the Menzies Foundation as part of their Entrepreneurship in Science mission.