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10 Questions for MIT’s Dr Robert Langer on Business, Science & Baseball
November 17, 2014
Valerie Bowling, Executive Director, The Conference Forum recently interviewed MIT’s Professor Dr Robert Langer at the PODD Drug Delivery conference to get his views on entrepreneurship, leadership, start ups, the intersection of academia with business and yes even baseball. It’s always an honor and a privilege to interview Dr Langer, a person who takes science fiction and makes it science fact.
After studying chemical engineering at Cornell University, Dr Langer was offered numerous jobs from oil companies. He turned away seemingly lucrative offers to pursue what was for him a more interesting path working in education, and eventually received a job offer from Dr Judah Folkman at the Boston Children’s Hospital. This decision was the first step on a path that led Dr Langer to eventually be at the forefront of material science and biomaterials.
Dr Langer is arguably the ultimate leader in moving academic scientific discoveries into the marketplace. His mission to create and develop ideas has resulted in starting up more than 25 companies and 1,000 patents (issued or pending), which have been licensed or sublicensed to over 250 companies. It is estimated that his work has affected over two billion lives.
Enjoy the interview: