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Contact:
Chriss Swaney
412-268-5776

For immediate release:
February 12, 2003

Carnegie Mellon to Award Dickson Prize to Nation's Top Biomedical Engineer

EVENT: Carnegie Mellon University will award its prestigious Dickson Prize in Science to Robert S. Langer, a pioneering biomedical engineer. Langer, the Kenneth J. Germeshausen Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has invented medical delivery technologies that prolong lives and ease the suffering of millions every year. His contributions are the cornerstone of the controlled drug delivery system, which is a $20 billion enterprise in the United States. His ongoing work involves developing new approaches for delivering drugs and creating new approaches to tissue engineering. His creative engineering of polymer plastics is now allowing delivery of medicine in innovative ways to difficult locations within the human body. One of his biodegradable polymer inventions broke a 20-year drought in FDA-approved brain cancer treatments. It was the first such chemotherapy that could be delivered to a tumor site. As part of the prize ceremony, Langer will deliver a lecture about "Biomaterials And How They Will Change Our Lives." The talk is free and open to the public.

The Dickson Prize in Science is given annually to an individual who has been judged by Carnegie Mellon as making the greatest strides in a scientific field in the past year.

WHEN: 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26

WHERE: McConomy Auditorium, University Center, Carnegie Mellon University

Contact Chriss Swaney at 412-268-5776 for more information.

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