Dr. Amir Nashat and Dr. César de la Fuente: Doing a World of Good

Topic: The Langer Prize, 1 year later

In this Doing a World of Good Podcast, generously underwritten by Raj and Kamla Gupta, host Bob Knorpp speaks with Dr. Amir Nashat, a managing partner at venture capital firm, Polaris Partners, and former student of Bob Langer’s; and Dr. César de la Fuente, Presidential Assistant Professor in Bioengineering, Microbiology, and Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Langer Prize launched in 2019 and is named after Dr. Robert Langer, a famed MIT researcher, recipient of over 180 major awards, and the most cited engineer in history. Designed to assist young researchers and entrepreneurs in the furthering of their work, this prize provides an unrestricted grant up to $100,000 as seed funding, which will enable them to pursue “blue-sky” ideas that may lead to significant innovations. The Langer Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Excellence is the largest and most prominent prize given by AIChE. 

Dr. Nashat, one of the driving forces behind the creation of the award, discusses the importance of the prize as a motivating factor for groundbreaking research. Dr. Fuente discusses the research that led to him becoming the first recipient of the award and how AIChE's Langer Prize has helped to further advance his work.

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