Robert Langer, Father of Invention

21:26 minutes

Biotech pioneer Robert Langer has over 800 patents to his name and has launched two dozen companies, which develop everything from tumor-fighting nanoparticles to anti-frizz hair products. Yet Langer says his proudest accomplishment is teaching some 500 students and post-docs, now professors and start-up leaders themselves.

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Robert Langer

Robert Langer is an institute professor in the departments of chemical engineering, bioengineering, mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata was Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.