Dr. Langer is InVivo’s co-founder and an inventor of the Neuro-Spinal ScaffoldTM. Dr. Langer currently serves as the David H. Koch Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the highest honor that can be awarded to a faculty member. Dr. Langer has written over 1,000 articles and has approximately 1,300 issued and pending patents worldwide. His patents have been licensed or sublicensed to over 350 pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology and medical device companies. Dr. Langer has received over 220 major awards, including the United States National Medal of Science; the Charles Stark Draper Prize and the Millennium Technology Prize. He is also the only engineer to receive the Gairdner Foundation International Award. Dr. Langer was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and both the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences. He is one of very few people ever elected to all three National Academies. He is the most cited engineer in history (h-index 250 according to Google Scholar).
Additionally, Dr. Langer served as a member of the United States 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.
Dr. Langer has received honorary doctorates from many prestigious universities including Harvard University, the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Yale University and many others. He holds a B.S. from Cornell University and an Sc.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both in chemical engineering.