MIT superstar Robert Langer (left) has scored the top technology prize on the planet, pulling in a Finnish award worth $1.2 million for his pioneering work in controlled drug release and tissue engineering.
The Millennium Technology Prize, presented by Technology Academy Finland in Helsinki this morning, honors him for devising ways to deliver drugs gradually to treat cancer or heart disease and pushing the frontiers of bioengineering into artifical skin and artificial organs.
Langer, 59, leads one of the largest biomedical labs in the world. He has also compiled a long list of 150 prestigious awards, many of them with handsome prizes attached. When he won the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize in 1998, he was called ''one of history's most prolific inventors in medicine."
About white coat notes
|White Coat Notes covers the latest from the health care industry, hospitals, doctors offices, labs, insurers, and the corridors of government. Chelsea Conaboy previously covered health care for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Write her at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter: @cconaboy.|
Gideon Gil, Health and Science Editor
Elizabeth Comeau, Senior Health Producer