Langer Fellow Leverages Award to Do Extraordinary Good

Last year, María Eugenia Inda, a Pew Postdoctoral Fellow in the Synthetic Biology Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), was selected as the 2020 Langer Fellow. Eugenia received funding of $75,000 to support her research to develop novel non-invasive strategies for the early diagnosis and alleviation of inflammation in intestinal disorders, with an initial application for infants.  She is doing extraordinary work that holds the potential to inform parents and caregivers early on of infection or other health ailments through the development of a multi-diagnostic diaper.

Eugenia joined a network of Langer Fellows, skilled in tackling high-risk, high-impact challenges across a range of industries and commercial pursuits. She, along with 2019 awardee, César de la Fuente of the University of Pennsylvania, will have opportunities to collaborate with other innovators and entrepreneurs.

In acknowledging the Langer Prize honor, Eugenia said, “I am excited to join this fellowship program, which will help me to achieve the extraordinary dreams that I have.”

The Langer Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Excellence was inaugurated in 2019 and endowed in honor of Dr. Robert Langer, a pioneer in drug delivery and biomaterials for medical applications.

Annually, a selection committee will award an unrestricted grant of up to $100,000 to assist early-career researchers, particularly those working in chemical and biological engineering, in pursing blue-sky ideas that may lead to important technical and commercial innovations.

To support and positively impact early-stage innovators and entrepreneurs like Eugenia, join us today with a gift to the Langer Prize.