Dr Robert S Langer, Winner of Queen Elizabeth Prize of Engineering 2015 & David H Koch Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
Dr Robert Samuel Langer was awarded the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Prize (QEPrize) for Engineering in February 2015 at the Royal Academy of Engineering, London, UK. He is a world-renowned American scientist, engineer, inventor and entrepreneur, and David H Koch Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA.
The award is a global £1 million prize celebrating pioneering innovations that has had a profound benefit to humanity globally.
Dr Langer lab's work is at the interface of biotechnology and materials science. His lab's major focus is in studying and development of polymers to deliver drugs, particularly genetically-engineered proteins, DNA and RNAi, continuously at controlled rates for prolonged periods of time.
Dr Langer exclusively spoke to BioSpectrum's Raj Gunashekar, where he shares his passion origins, memories of his childhood laboratory, entrepreneurial tips and his award-winning work on controlled-release drug systems. Excerpts:
Q: Firstly, a hearty congratulations Dr Langer. Tell us about your award-winning work to our Indian readers, and the impact of your controlled-release drug systems.