MIT professor, French doctor share Harvard prize

September 15, 2011 - 7:10 PM

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and a French cardiac surgeon have been awarded Harvard Medical School's Alpert Prize for bioengineering achievements.

MIT bioengineer Robert Langer and Dr. Alain Carpentier of the Hopital European George Pompidou in Paris will share $250,000.

The award recognizes researchers for laboratory discoveries with dramatic promise to improve human health.

Langer is known for his advancements in drug delivery and tissue engineering. He has developed polymers to deliver drugs at controlled rates and has engineered blood vessels and vascularized skeletal muscle tissue.

Carpentier developed and implanted the first successful artificial bronchus. He also developed a groundbreaking animal tissue heart valve and helped develop a fully implantable artificial heart created from biomaterials, soon to enter clinical trials.

The men will be honored Oct. 6 at Harvard, located in Cambridge, Mass.