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Chemical Engineers are Advancing Biomedicine

Last updated May 21, 2024

Over the past half century chemical engineers have made rich and varied contributions to many biomedical advancements in an effort to

  • Modernize disease diagnosis and treatment options,
  • Improve the safety and efficacy of drug-delivery mechanisms, and
  • Achieve better therapeutic outcomes.

The ultimate objective in these endeavors is to help people live longer, healthier, more productive lives.


Chemical engineers play a key role in advancing biomedicine by designing complex devices to enhance the treatment and management of disease. They also engineer medical systems that function as artificial organs and that can accurately deliver drugs in the right quantity to the right location. More


Over the past five decades chemical engineers have made noteworthy contributions to the field of biomedical engineering. These pioneers include Margaret Hutchinson Rousseau, Robert Langer, Peter Abbrecht, and Mae Jemison, among many others. More


New nanoscaled structures are currently being developed as drug-delivery vehicles. And a groundbreaking collaboration involves the development of microfluidic devices. These extremely small analytical assemblies are often called a “lab on a chip.” More