Cranking out cures: leading biotechnology expert to lecture at BYU

It’s not every day one of the 100 most important people in America comes to Brigham Young University.

Dr. Robert Langer is a giant 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 prolific and most cited engineers in history. Langer will present a lecture for the general public on February 6. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to hear from a world-renowned researcher.

In Langer’s presentation, he will be discussing the history of biotechnology—from cancer research to pharmaceutical drugs to tissue engineering. Dr. Langer’s primary areas of research include halting tumor growth and growing human tissue for skin grafts, and he has made groundbreaking innovations in those fields.

Langer’s lecture is part of the annual Izzat-Christensen lecture series, which is jointly hosted by the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Deemed one of the 100 most important people in America by Time Magazine and CNN, Langer has more than 200 prestigious awards to his name, including the National Medal of Science and the Charles Stark Draper Prize (considered the engineering equivalent of the Nobel Prize). Forbes Magazine and BioWorld Today also named him one of the 25 most important individuals in biotechnology in the world. In addition to his research, he has also helped start 25 companies and is an Institute Professor at MIT.

The public is invited to attend both of Dr. Langer’s lectures, the first of which will be the general session February 6, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. in the Joseph Smith Building (JSB) auditorium. The more technical presentation will be February 7, at 11:00 a.m. in W111 of the Ezra Taft Benson Building (BNSN).

These lectures are part of the yearly Izatt-Christensen lecture series hosted by the Department of Chemical Engineering in the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. The public and members of the press are invited to attend. For more information, visit

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