Robert Langer wins 2014 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences


Institute Professor Robert Langer was one of six scientists honored with the 2014 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, which recognizes excellence in research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extending human life. Each award included a $3 million prize, with the “aim of providing the recipients with more freedom and opportunity to pursue even greater future accomplishments.”

“Scientists should be celebrated as heroes, and we are honored to be part of today’s celebration of the newest winners of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences,” said Anne Wojcicki and Sergey Brin, two of the award founders. Other founders include Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group, and his wife, Cathy Zhang; technology investor Yuri Milner and his wife, Julia; and Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan. Langer was honored for his “discoveries leading to the development of controlled drug-release systems and new biomaterials," according to the prize. Read more...



Saturday, January 18, 2014