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Dr. Robert Langer, distinguished leader in the field of biomedical engineering, to lecture at NIH

Dr. Robert Langer, internationally known for his work in the fields of biotechnology and materials science, will present the 2003 National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Seymour J. Kreshover Lecture, Monday, June 16 at 3:30 p.m. in the Masur Auditorium on the campus of the National Institutes of Health. The title of his lecture is "Biomaterials and How They Will Change Our Lives." Dr. Langer is the Kenneth J. Germeshausen Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Langer has written 725 articles and 420 abstracts. He also has nearly 500 issued or pending patents worldwide, one of which was cited as the outstanding patent in Massachusetts in 1988 and one of 20 outstanding patents in the United States. Dr. Langer's patents have been licensed or sublicensed to over 100 pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology and medical device companies; a number of these companies were launched on the basis of these patent licenses. He served as a member of the United States Food and Drug Administration's SCIENCE Board, the FDA's highest advisory board, from 1995-2002 and as its Chairman from 1999-2002.

Dr. Langer has received over 100 major awards. In 2002, he received the $500,000 Charles Stark Draper Prize, considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for engineers and the world's most prestigious engineering prize, from the National Academy of Engineering. He is also the only engineer to receive the Gairdner Foundation International Award; 50 recipients of this award have subsequently received a Nobel Prize. In 1998, he received the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT prize, the world's largest prize for invention for being "one of history's most prolific inventors in medicine." In 1989 Dr. Langer was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and in 1992 he was elected to both the National Academy of Engineering and to the National Academy of Sciences. He is one
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Contact: Jody Dove
jody.dove@nih.gov
301-594-7558
NIH/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
4-Jun-2003


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