Called “the Edison of Medicine” Dr. Langer has led a prolific career as a chemical engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Best known for his work on controlled-release drugs and tissue engineering, Dr. Langer has spent his career bridging the divide between science and business. From reengineering shampoo (Living Proof) to the COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna), Dr. Langer’s companies create products and solutions that impact many parts of our lives.
Robert Langer is one of 10 Institute Professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); being an Institute Professor is the highest honor awarded to a faculty member. Dr. Langer has written over 1,500 articles and 1,400 issued and pending patents worldwide, making him the most cited engineer in history. His over 220 awards include both the United States National Medal of Science, the United States National Medal of Technology and Innovation, and the Charles Stark Draper Prize (often called the Engineering Nobel Prize), to name a few. He holds 34 honorary doctorates and has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Inventors.
Chemical engineer, Maggie Wheatley, will moderate this conversation. Dr. Wheatley completed a post-doc investigating controlled drug delivery with Dr. Langer at MIT and is an alum of Oxford University and the University of Toronto.