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Top biotechnologist Robert Langer to deliver BYU lectures Feb. 6-7

Robert Langer, David H. Koch Institute professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will deliver the 6th Annual Reed M. Izatt and James J. Christensen Lecture on Biotechnology at Brigham Young University.

The lecture will be presented in two sessions. The general session — “Biomaterials and Biotechnology: Drug Delivery to Tissue Engineering” — will be presented Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Joseph Smith Building Auditorium at 4 p.m. The technical presentation — “Novel Drug Delivery Systems” — will be given Thursday, Feb. 7, in W111 Ezra Taft Benson Building at 11 a.m. Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

Langer is one of the world’s foremost authorities in the field of chemical engineering and biomaterials. With nearly 1,190 articles and more than 800 patents to his name, he is one of the most cited engineers in history. Langer’s patents have been licensed or sublicensed to more than 250 pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology and medical device companies. 

He has received more than 220 major awards including the 2001 Charles Stark Draper Prize, considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for engineers. He has been named one of the top 100 most important people in America by Time Magazine and CNN, as well as one of the 25 most important individuals in biotechnology byForbes Magazine and BioWorld Today.

For more information, visit apm.byu.edu/langer.htm, or contact Arlene Cleverly, (801) 422-2587.  

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