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MIT professor wins American Chemical Society’s highest honor

August 18, 2011
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DENVER — The American Chemical Society (ACS) has named Robert S. Langer, Sc.D., the David H. Koch Institute Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the winner of the 2012 Priestley Medal, according to a press release.

The award recognizes Langer''s cutting-edge research that helped launch the controlled-release drug industry and the field of tissue engineering.

The annual award, the highest honor bestowed by ACS, consists of a gold medallion designed to commemorate the work of Joseph Priestley, as well as a presentation box and a certificate.

“Professor Langer is a talented scientist who is motivated by a sense of responsibility to help people,” said longtime collaborator Joseph P. Vacanti, M.D., a tissue engineering expert and pediatric surgeon at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. “His pioneering work, in particular in slow-release medicines, has helped millions of people throughout the world.”
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