College of Pharmacy presents Robert Langer, PhD, institute professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy is pleased to present Robert Langer, PhD, institute professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), for a virtual distinguished lecture on September 14, from 2-3 p.m. Following the seminar, Dr. Langer will meet with graduate and postdoctoral students from 3-3:30 p.m. 

The Edison of Medicine: Robert Langer’s Quest to Solve Global Health Challenges Using Biotechnology

Advanced drug delivery systems are having an enormous impact on human health. We start by discussing our early research on developing the first controlled release systems for macromolecules and how we used them to isolate the first angiogenesis inhibitors and how both of these delivery systems and these inhibitors have led to numerous new therapies. This early research then led to new drug delivery technologies including nanoparticles that are now being studied for use treating cancer, and other. We then discuss approaches for synthesizing new biomaterials, such as biodegradable polyanhydrides, and how such materials are used in treating brain cancer and other diseases. Finally, by combining mammalian cells, including stem cells, with synthetic polymers, new approaches for engineering tissues are being developed that may someday help in various diseases.  Examples in the areas of cartilage, skin, blood vessels and diabetes are discussed.

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