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Honor for Biomaterials Pioneer

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One of the most prolific inventors in medicine has won the prestigious Millennium Technology Prize. Professor Robert Langer's biomaterials research has allowed for more accurate and controlled release of drugs into patients' bodies.

His work has had a significant impact on fighting cancer and heart disease, with more than 100 million people using medicines delivered via his designs. The 800,000 euros award is seen as an unofficial Nobel Prize for technology.

It is given every second year for a technology that "significantly improves the quality of human life, today and in the future." ... His work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology involved finding a way to gradually release drug molecules into a patient's body.

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