Robert Langer

David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT

About the speaker

Robert Langer is one of 13 Institute Professors at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (an Institute Professor is the highest honor awarded to a faculty member). His h-index of 242 is the highest of any engineer in history. He has over 1,300 issued and pending patents which have been licensed or sublicensed to over 350 companies. He served as Chairman of the FDA’s SCIENCE BOARD (highest advisory board) from 1999-2002. Langer is one of a very few individuals elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Inventors. He is one of four living individuals to receive both the US National Medal of Science and the US National Medal of Technology and Innovation. In 2015, Dr Langer received the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. He has also received the Draper Prize (considered the engineering Nobel Prize), Albany Medical Center Prize, Wolf Prize for Chemistry, Millennium Technology Prize, Priestley Medal (highest award of the American Chemical Society), Gairdner Prize, Kyoto Prize, Breakthrough Prize and the Lemelson-MIT prize, for being “one of history’s most prolific inventors in medicine.” He holds 31 honorary doctorates including honorary degrees from Harvard and Yale.

About the lecture: The Edison of Medicine: Robert Langer's Quest to Solve Global Health Challenges using Biotechnology

Hear from the duly labelled ‘Edison of Medicine’, Dr Robert Langer. At his lecture, Dr Langer discussed his early research in developing the first controlled-release systems for macromolecules and the isolation of angiogenesis inhibitors. Learn how his work led to numerous new therapies and drug delivery technologies for use in vaccine delivery, treating cancer and other illnesses, and how new systems for cancer treatment and new approaches for tissue engineering are out there waiting to be discovered.

More about the speaker and his work

Making of a Speedy Covid-19 Vaccine: Using Science to Make the Body a Factory
Professor Langer, founder of Moderna shares how the mRNA vaccine leverages a new type of technology - messenger RNA (mRNA). 

Career Advice from the "Edison of Medicine"
One of America's most prolific inventors with 1,050 patents, Professor Langer describes what a meaningful career looks like.