This year's Biomedical Engineering Day at Washington University, held April 25-26, spans two days of events and activities on both the Danforth and Medical Campuses.
The events kick off April 25 with IDEA Labs' Demo Day, where teams from around the country will show their year-long work on innovations to entrepreneurs, clinicians and investors. Teams will also take part in poster and pitch competitions for cash prizes. The event runs from 6-9 p.m. at the CIC@4240, 4240 Duncan Ave.
Events on April 26 begin at 8:30 a.m. with presentations by the winners of the graduate student research awards and talks by Andrew S. Yoo, assistant professor of developmental biology at the School of Medicine, and Lori Setton, the Lucy and Stanley Lopata Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering. At mid-morning, Robert S. Langer, ScD, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will be the inaugural speaker for the Frank & Grace Yin Distinguished Lectureship in Biomedical Engineering, with a talk titled "Biomaterials and biotechnology: From the discovery of the first angiogenesis inhibitors to the development of controlled drug delivery systems and the foundation of tissue engineering." The lecture will be followed by lunch and a poster session. These events all will be held in Whitaker Hall.
Langer is the David H. Koch Institute Professor — the highest honor that can be awarded to a faculty member at MIT — in the Department of Chemical Engineering. With more than 1,300 published articles and more than 1,000 worldwide patents, he is the most cited engineer in history.
Langer has helped to found at least two dozen biotech companies, with targets ranging from cancer drug delivery to hair and skin products. He has received more than 200 major awards. He is one of only four living individuals to have received both the U.S. National Medal of Science and the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Most recently, he received the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering in 2015. In addition, he received the 2002 Charles Stark Draper Prize, considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for engineers; the 2008 Millennium Prize, the world's largest technology prize; and the 2012 Priestley Medal, the highest award of the American Chemical Society. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Inventors.