UBM Canon and MD+DI, the Global MedTech Authorities, Announce Dr. Robert Langer as the 2013 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Dr. Langer will be recognized at the 15th Anniversary MDEA Ceremony on June 19 at MD&M East in Philadelphia.

May 15, 2013, 09:00 ET from UBM Canon

LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Canon's Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA), the MedTech Industry's Premier Awards Program, has announced Dr. Robert Langer as the recipient of the 2013 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award. This award goes to an individual whose contributions over a long career in the MedTech industry have had a significant and demonstrable impact on technological, business, and cultural advancements in the world. Each year, the UBM Canon Medical Content Team and the MD+DI Editorial Advisory Board select an industry pioneer to receive the MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the crucial role they have played in medical device innovation. Previous recipients include Dr. Thomas Fogarty and Alfred E. Mann.

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"I'm tremendously honored to receive this award—all the more so because of the previous recipients," said Langer, the David H. Koch Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Langer has lectured at MIT since 1977 and also leads the institute's Langer Lab, one of the largest biomedical engineering laboratories in the world. His vast accomplishments include groundbreaking discoveries and advancements in the fields of drug-delivery, tissue engineering, nanotechnology, and personalized medicine.

"Dr. Langer has achieved more than just ground-breaking discoveries. His efforts to share his gifts through education and publishing have transformed an entire generation of work," said Pamela Moore, Senior Vice President, Content & Strategy, UBM Canon. "That's a deep achievement, and we're so lucky to be able to recognize him."

Langer sat on FDA's SCIENCE board, the agency's highest advisory board, from 1995 to 2002, serving as its Chairman the last four of those years. He was the youngest person ever elected to all three U.S. National Academies and has received 20 honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning around the world. The most cited engineer ever, Langer has written more than 1200 articles and has more than 800 pending and issued patents.  He has also helped launch at least 27 companies based on his discoveries and inventions.

Read more about Langer's thoughts on the issues affecting the MedTech industry and his formula for successful start-ups on MD+DI's Web site.

Langer will be recognized at the 2013 MDEA Ceremony on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm inside the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown hotel. The ceremony is held in conjunction with the 30th MD&M East event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, June 18-20.

Follow @MDDIonline for live ceremony tweets and announcements about #MDEA13 winners. Subscribe to the MDDIVIDEO YouTube channel and check back after June 19 for MD+DI's exclusive video interview with Dr. Robert Langer.

The 2013 Medical Design Excellence Awards are sponsored by major industry suppliers: Platinum Sponsor: Phillips-Medisize, and Silver Sponsors: Teleflex Medical OEM and Design Concepts. We thank these major industry suppliers for their generous contributions which have helped to make this year's program possible. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact: medicalsales@ubm.com.

For more information about the Medical Design Excellence Awards or the Lifetime Achievement Award, visit www.MDEAwards.com or e-mail: mdea@ubm.com.

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