There are numerous new technologies being developed that may impact the future of medicine. For example, new drug delivery technologies including microparticles, nanoparticles and nanotechnology promise to create new treatments for cancer, heart disease and other illnesses.  Novel biomaterials and nanotechnology may also be useful in delivering DNA and siRNA as well.  An important example---the development of nanoparticles for delivering the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine, will be discussed.  Finally, the creation of new biomaterials, the development of very long (one week or more), oral delivery systems, and the possibility of delivering macromolecules orally, will be examined.



Robert Langer is one of 12 Institute Professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); being an Institute Professor is the highest honor that can be awarded to a faculty member. He has written over 1,500 articles, which have been cited over 363,000 times; his h-index of 300 is the highest of any engineer in history and the 3rd highest of any individual in any field. His patents have licensed or sublicensed to over 400 companies; he is a cofounder of a number of companies including Moderna. Dr Langer served as Chairman of the FDA’s Science Board (its highest advisory board) from 1999-2002. His over 220 awards include both the United States National Medal of Science and the United States National Medal of Technology and Innovation (he is one of 3 living individuals to have received both these honors), the Charles Stark Draper Prize (often called the Engineering Nobel Prize), Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, Albany Medical Center Prize, Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, Kyoto Prize, Wolf Prize for Chemistry, Millennium Technology Prize, Priestley Medal (highest award of the American Chemical Society), Gairdner Prize, Hoover Medal, Dreyfus Prize in Chemical Sciences, and the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Biomedicine. He holds 36 honorary doctorates, including Hebrew University, Technion, Tel Aviv University, and Ben Gurion University, and has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Inventors.

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