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MIT's Langer To Give NIDCR's Kreshover Lecture, June 16

Dr. Robert Langer, internationally known for his work in the fields of biotechnology and materials science, will present the 2003 Seymour J. Kreshover Lecture on Monday, June 16 at 3:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The title of his lecture, sponsored by NIDCR, is "Biomaterials and How They Will Change Our Lives." Langer is the Kenneth J. Germeshausen professor of chemical and biomedical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Forbes magazine, in 2002, selected Langer as one of the 15 innovators worldwide who will reinvent our future. Time magazine and CNN (2001) named him as one of the 100 most important people in America and one of the top 18 people in science or medicine.

Dr. Robert Langer

Langer 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. His patents have been licensed or sublicensed to more than 100 pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology and medical device companies; a number of these companies were launched on the basis of these licenses. He served as a member of the Food and Drug Administration's SCIENCE board, the FDA's highest advisory board, from 1995 to 2002 and as its chairman from 1999 to 2002.

The recipient of over 100 major awards, Langer 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 in 2002. 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."

He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1989, and in 1992 he was elected to both the National Academy of Engineering and to the National Academy of Sciences. He is one of few people ever elected to all three United States National Academies and the youngest in history (at age 43) to ever receive this distinction.

The Kreshover Lecture series was established in 1983 by NIDCR to recognize outstanding accomplishments in basic and clinical research and to honor distinguished scientists who have made important contributions in areas of research directly related to the interests of the institute. Kreshover served as director of the National Institute of Dental Research from 1966 until his retirement from the PHS Commissioned Corps in 1975.

The lecture is open to all and may also be seen via webcast at

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