Dr. Robert Langer: The Thomas Edison of Our Time

Dr. Robert Langer

Ira Pastor Comments:

We’ve spent some time talking about the genome, the microbiome, tissue engineering, systems biology, as well as dabbled a bit in the more exotic areas of electroceuticals, digital therapeutics, quantum biology, and even chrono-biology.

Dr. Robert Langer

For today’s guest, I could think of no one better to talk with us about this topic and take us into the future than the world’s foremost though leader on the topic, esteemed chemical engineer, scientist, entrepreneur, and inventor, Dr. Robert Langer, David H. Koch Institute Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, faculty member of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, and the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.

Dr. Langer’s lab

Langer Lab

Dr. Langer’s lab work focuses at the interface of biotechnology and materials science, with a major focus on the study and development of polymers to serve as scaffolds for tissue engineering as well as vehicles for controlled delivery of drugs, including small molecules, proteins, DNA and RNA interference moieties. They are also devoted to inventing novel medical devices for diagnosis and therapeutic use, high-throughput screening platforms for new drug development and vaccine design to treat cancers and other diseases, and in cell engineering via chemical and genetic tools for cancer immunotherapy and stem cell therapy.

Dr. Langer with President Obama

On this show we will hear from Dr. Langer:

How he became interested in science and health, and ultimately the journey that put him at the exciting epicenter of material science and biotech in 2019. About the challenges and failures along his journey, to the point where the cycle of science, technology, financing, and commercialization has become “easy” and reproducible. The wide range of opportunities, from long-acting, sustained release technologies for existing drugs compounds, to some of the more advanced tools (RNA interference, gene editing, cell therapies) that he is most excited about looking at over the next 10–20 years. His views on “non-drug” technologies, such as electroceuticals and digital therapeutics. His thoughts on the longevity biotechnology space. Finally, a discussion about the influencers on his journey.

Ira Pastor, ideaXme longevity and aging ambassador




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