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

Originally presented at Global MPS Day 2023

In this session, Robert Langer, Sc.D., Academic Co-Founder of Moderna and David H. Koch Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, goes over how advancements in human biology are made. As one example, he discusses how understanding blood vessel growth can lead to discoveries that can improve patient health and wellness, particularly for patients who have cancer or who are going blind. He also discusses new RNA therapies and how they have led to completely new therapies for many diseases.  Finally, he goes over the development of tissue engineering and the impact that Microphysiological Systems, such as Organ-Chips, will have on the next generation of drug development and precision medicine.