Though is an academic researcher at MIT, Robert Langer has 811 issued or pending patents and has helped start 25 companies, The New York Times reports. He and his lab, the paper adds, are "on the front lines of turning discoveries made in the lab into a range of drugs and drug delivery systems. Without this kind of technology transfer, the thinking goes, scientific discoveries might well sit on the shelf, stifling innovation."

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