Biomaterials, Nanotech and the Future of Bioengineering
Monday, March 16
11:00AM - 12:00PM
110 E 2nd St
Joi Ito will lead a conversation with Dr. Langer about the future of biomedical research and startups and why it's not a question of whether we all need to learn about biology but when. For his part, Dr. Langer will discuss how biomaterials are, and will continue to, change our lives in important ways. One area involves the creation of new nanoparticles that can be targeted to tumors which are providing new ways of treating cancer+other diseases. Another area involves implantable microchips that can contain drugs and that may be able to deliver these drugs by remote control. And a third area is tissue engineering-where biomaterials can be combined w mammalian cells such as stem cells-to make new skin for burn victims and someday virtually any tissue or organ such as cartilage or even new spinal cords for people who are paralyzed.
MIT Media Lab
Joichi Ito is the Director of the MIT Media Lab. He is on the board of The Sony Corporation, The New York Times Company, the MacArthur Foundation, the Knight Foundation, The Mozilla Foundation and ...Show the rest
Joichi Ito is the Director of the MIT Media Lab. He is on the board of The Sony Corporation, The New York Times Company, the MacArthur Foundation, the Knight Foundation, The Mozilla Foundation and co-founder and board member of Digital Garage an Internet company in Japan. He has created numerous Internet companies including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan and was an early stage investor in Twitter, Six Apart, Wikia, Flickr, Last.fm, Kongregate, Fotonauts/Fotopedia, Kickstarter and other Internet companies. He is the Guild Custodian of the World of Warcraft guild, We Know (http://weknow.to/). He is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, an Emergency First Responder instructor and a Divers Alert Network instructor.
Ito was named by Businessweek as 1 of the 25 Most Influential People on the Web in 2008. In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute in recognition of his role as one of the world's leading advocates of Internet freedomHide the rest
University Professor, PureTech Ventures Sr Partner
Massachusetts Institute of Technology/PureTech Ventures
Dr. Langer is an Institute Professor at MIT & a co-founder and Senior Partner at PureTech Ventures. He is known for his groundbreaking discoveries in the fields of polymer chemistry, controlled dru...Show the rest
Dr. Langer is an Institute Professor at MIT & a co-founder and Senior Partner at PureTech Ventures. He is known for his groundbreaking discoveries in the fields of polymer chemistry, controlled drug delivery, and tissue engineering. Dr. Langer has written 1,130 articles and has ~800 issued or pending patents. He has also served as a member and chairman of the FDA’s SCIENCE Board.
Dr. Langer is the most-cited engineer in history and he has received over 200 major awards, including the 2014 Kyoto Prize for global achievement and the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences (awarded by major Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs), the 2006 US National Medal of Science and the 2002 Charles Stark Draper Prize, considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for engineers. In 2006 he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Dr. Langer was elected to all 3 US National Academies and Forbes Magazine selected him as one of the 15 innovators world-wide who will reinvent our future.Hide the rest