'Pharma postman' Langer wins €800,000 tech prize

The prolific Harvard/MIT scientist Robert Langer, whose ideas have spawned a string of biotech start-ups, has won the €800,000 Millennium Technology Prize. Langer has been credited with creating new "smart pills" that can hit a precise disease target with a precise dose. That work has earned him the nickname of biotech's "pharmaceutical postman." He holds more than 600 patents.

Langer says he's now working on "using ultrasound to open the nano pores of the skin so that drugs can pass in non-invasively. It's like Star Trek but if you had the choice between being injected or not injected, you know which one you would choose".

- read the report in the India Times