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Langer being honored with BioMed SA's Palmaz Award
September 3, 2013

Dr. Robert Langer will receive the 2013 Julio Palmaz Award at BioMed SA's awards dinner.

By Peggy O'Hare, San Antonio Express-News

Dr. Robert Langer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will receive the 2013 Julio Palmaz Award at BioMed SA's annual awards dinner Sept. 18.

Langer, 65, an institute professor at MIT and a prolific medical inventor with more than 800 issued and pending patents to his credit, is described by BioMed SA as the most cited engineer in history.

BioMed SA, a nonprofit focused on San Antonio's health care and bioscience industries, is honoring Langer for his contributions, which include the development of a controlled drug delivery system.

The award is named after San Antonio physician Julio Palmaz, who invented the first commercially successful intravascular stent for clogged arteries, according to the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Langer and Palmaz both were inducted into the hall of fame in 2006.

"I'm thrilled," Langer said of the Palmaz Award. "I certainly know who Julio Palmaz is and what he's done."

More than 250 companies have licensed or sublicensed Langer's patents, BioMed SA said. He also started many health companies that brought products to market to treat cancer, heart disease and other ailments.

"Dr. Langer is recognized as the world's most cited engineer and one of history's most prolific medical inventors," 2013 Palmaz Committee chairman Bruce Leslie said in a statement. "He has played a pioneering role in advancing multiple technologies.... Our selection committee was also impressed with his active mentorship of numerous students and aspiring engineers in his lab."

BioMed SA Chairman Kenneth Trevett said in a statement that Langer has shown "extraordinary creativity" and combined "brilliance with a humanitarian passion."

Those wishing to attend the Palmaz Award dinner should make reservations by Sept. 12 by calling 210-229-2118.

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