The Power List 2020 – Small Molecules
David H. Koch Institute Professor
The most cited engineer in history and one of the most prolific inventors in all of medicine, Langer has nearly 1,300 issued and pending patents, many of which have been licensed or sublicensed to over 350 pharma, chemical, biotech and medical device companies. He has been honored with over 200 major scientific awards, including the United States National Medal of Science, and the 2002 Charles Stark Draper Prize (often considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for engineers). He has also founded a number of biopharma companies, including Moderna Therapeutics, which is currently working on a COVID-19 vaccine.