MEDFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PixarBio Corporation is pleased to announce that its cofounder Dr. Robert S. Langer was honored with the prestigious 2014 Kyoto Prize presented by the Inamori Foundation earlier this month in Kyoto, Japan. The international award is presented to individuals who have contributed significantly to the progress of science, the advancement of civilization, and the enrichment and elevation of the human spirit. Dr. Langer received the Advanced Technology prize in the field of Biotechnology and Medical Technology for his work as “a founder of the field of tissue engineering and creator of revolutionary drug delivery system (DDS) technologies.”
Frank Reynolds, PixarBio’s CEO said, “For almost a decade I’ve had the honor to collaborate with Bob Langer on important projects, and he just keeps getting better every year. For decades to come, all of our loved ones will benefit from his inventions, and the legions of scientist who follow will marvel at his genius.”
Other laureates included theoretical physicist Edward Witten, honored for his “contributions to the development of mathematical sciences through the exploration of superstring theory,” and Fukumi Shimura, “an artist in constant pursuit of the fundamental human value of harmonious coexistence with nature.”
About PixarBio Corporation
PixarBio Corporation is dedicated to developing new therapeutic options for Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, pain, and spinal cord injury. Cofounded by Frank Reynolds, Dr. Robert S. Langer from MIT’s Langer Lab and Katrin Holzhaus, the company is developing novel smart materials to achieve sustained release of agents. Research is focused on a platform for chronic neurological applications. For more information visit www.pixarbio.com.
About The Kyoto Prize
The Kyoto Prize is Japan’s highest private award for global achievement, created by noted philanthropist Dr. Kazuo Inamori. The Kyoto Prize is awarded annually to persons who have made significant contributions in the three categories of Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Arts and Philosophy. Through this Prize, the Inamori Foundation seeks not only to recognize outstanding achievements but also to promote academic and cultural development and to contribute to mutual international understanding. For more information visit http://www.inamori-f.or.jp/laureates/k30_a_robert/prf_e.html.