Robert Langer, ScD
Co-Founder & Non-Executive Director, Scientific Advisory Board Member
Dr. Langer is a co-founder and Non-Executive Director at PureTech and sits on PureTech’s Scientific Advisory Board and the Boards of PureTech and Entrega. Dr. Langer is known for his groundbreaking discoveries in the fields of polymer chemistry, controlled drug delivery, and tissue engineering. He is the David H. Koch Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and one of 14 Institute Professors (the highest honor awarded to a faculty member). Dr. Langer has written nearly 1,130 articles and has approximately 800 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 over 220 pharmaceutical, chemical, biotech, and medical device companies. Dr. Langer is the most cited engineer in history. He served as a member of the United States FDA’s SCIENCE Board, the FDA’s highest advisory board, from 1995 - 2002 and as its Chairman from 1999 - 2002. Dr. Langer has received over 200 major awards, including the 2006 United States National Medal of Science, the Charles Stark Draper Prize in 2002, considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for engineers and the world’s most prestigious engineering prize, and the 2012 Priestley Medal, the highest award of the American Chemical Society. He is also the only engineer to receive the Gairdner Foundation International Award. Among numerous other awards, Dr. Langer has received are the Dickson Prize for Science, Heinz Award, the Harvey Prize, the John Fritz Award (given previously to inventors such as Thomas Edison and Orville Wright), the General Motors Kettering Prize for Cancer Research, the Dan David Prize in Materials Science and the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research. In 2006, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. 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.”
In 1989 Dr. Langer is one of a few people ever elected to all three United States National Academies and the youngest in history to ever receive this distinction. Discover Magazine, Forbes Magazine and BioWorld have named Dr. Langer as one of the 25 most important individuals in biotechnology in the world. Forbes Magazine selected Dr. Langer as one of the 15 innovators world-wide who will reinvent our future. Time Magazine and CNN named Dr. Langer as one of the 100 most important people in America and one of the 18 top people in science or medicine in America. Dr. Langer has served, at various times, on the Boards of such companies as Wyeth, Alkermes, Mitsubishi Pharmaceuticals, Warner-Lambert, Millipore, and Momenta Pharmaceuticals.