Robert Langer (B.S. ChE '70) has been chosen for ACS's most prestigious award
Robert S. Langer, the David H. Koch Institute Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been selected to receive the 2012 Priestley Medal. Langer, 62, is being honored with the American Chemical Society’s most prestigious award in recognition of cutting-edge research that helped create the controlled-release drug industry and the field of tissue engineering.
“I’m honored—and a bit shocked—to receive the Priestley Medal,” Langer says. “It’s a thrill to be included among the prestigious winners of this award, not just for me, but for my lab, my fields of research, and for the chemical engineering community.”
To get a sense of Langer’s prolific career requires looking at a few numbers: He runs one of the largest academic laboratories in the world, with nearly 100 members. He has been an author of more than 1,100 research papers. He has approximately 800 issued and pending patents worldwide that have been licensed or sublicensed to more than 220 companies. And he has had a hand in creating some 25 companies.
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