At a ceremony at the White House on February 1, 2013, Robert S. Langer, Sc.D., a JDRF-funded researcher in the area of beta cell encapsulation, received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama.
A chemical engineer, Dr. Langer is David H. Koch Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the highest honor for MIT faculty. His work has led to groundbreaking innovations including the first FDA-approved treatment for brain cancer and development of artificial skin for the treatment of burn victims.
JDRF funds Dr. Langer’s work in encapsulation, a strategy that aims to make islet cell transplantation a viable treatment for people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). His laboratory is working to create the best biomaterials to “encapsulate” cells for transplantation, thus protecting them from the autoimmune attack that causes T1D. He is also investigating systems to deliver anti-inflammatory and other drugs during transplantation.
In 2006, Dr. Langer received the National Medal of Science from President George W. Bush. The National Medals are the highest honor conferred by the U.S. government.
Photo Credit: Ryan K. Morris/National Science & Technology Medals Foundation