People: Langer Receives Biotechnology Heritage Award

By Chemical Processing Staff

Jun 24, 2014

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) selected Robert S. Langer to receive the 2014 Biotechnology Heritage Award. The Biotechnology Heritage Award is presented yearly to honor individuals who have contributed significantly to the growth of biotechnology through discovery, innovation, commercialization and/or public understanding. The award was presented during the 2014 BIO International Convention, June 23-26 in San Diego, California.

Robert S. Langer is the David H. Koch Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds 1,026 patents (512 issued) worldwide, which have been licensed or sublicensed to over 250 pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology and medical device companies. He served as a member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Science Board from 1995 to 2002 and as its chairman from 1999 to 2002.

Langer has been honored with over 220 major awards including the U.S. National Medal of Science, the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the Charles Stark Draper Prize, the Millennium Prize, the Priestley Medal, the Wolf Prize in Chemistry and the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. Langer has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Inventors.

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