Yesterday 125 people gathered at the BioInnovation Institute (BII) in Copenhagen to hear the renowned Dr. Robert Langer talk. Tickets which according to BII themselves were gone within 20 minutes of the release online.
Wanting to shed a light on life science BII invited Dr. Robert Langer from the US to do a talk on the interlink of scientific research and entrepreneurship.
Present in the audience was Karsten Lindhardt PhD in Pharmacology and currently CEO of BioGrail who told ISB: “I think it was a great talk. He talked about some of the things we are working with every day.” Said the newly formed CEO who found Dr. Robert Langer inspiring:
”I think it was great and really something that was energizing. We can see that if you push and continuing believing in what you do then you can make great things.”
A Respected Professor
The MIT Professor is mainly known for his research in biotechnology, especially in the fields of drug delivery systems and tissue engineering. He is a faculty member of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.
Dr. Langer is well respected in the industry and has, in relation to his research, collaborated with the Danish pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk.
He has written over 1 450 articles, which have been cited nearly 300 000 times; his h-index of 267 is the highest of any engineer in history. He has more than 1 360 issued and pending patents worldwide which have been licensed or sublicensed to over 400 companies, according to BII.
BioInnovation Institute and their future
The BioInnovation Institute was founded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. In the first three years of operation, until the end of 2020, BII has been granted DKK 392 million.
After which the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s Board of Directors will decide whether to establish BII as an independent foundation and grant funding for the next seven years of operation.
Impressed with BII so far was Dr. Langer himself: “I think that they are off to a great start. The people I’ve seen are both good scientist and good entrepreneurs. So I’m very excited about it [BII]” Dr. Langer said about the newly founded BII.
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