Transforming medical devices for improved patient outcomes

Robert S. Langer, Sc.D.
Chairman, Micell Scientific Advisory Board
Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Robert S. Langer, Sc.D. is the David H. Koch Institute Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 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 more than 220 major awards. He is one of four living individuals to have received both the United States National Medal of Technology and Innovation (2011) and the United States National Medal of Science (2006). Dr. Langer is also the only engineer to receive the Gairdner Foundation International Award. In 1998, he received the Lemelson-MIT prize, the world’s largest prize for invention, for being “one of history’s most prolific inventors in medicine.” Dr. Langer also is the most cited engineer, to date, in history.

Dr. Langer was elected to the National Academy of Inventors (2012), inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (2006), and elected to the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences (1992) as well as the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (1989).

Dr. Langer received his Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University in 1970 and his Sc.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974, both in Chemical Engineering.