Kyoto Prize for founder of tissue engineering

Robert LangerRobert Samuel Langer isn't one to brag. The biomedical engineer may just have won the Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology, but he isn't showing off - rather the opposite.

"I look at the people who won this prize, and it's very humbling to be in their company," said Robert Langer about winning the award. "I think the Kyoto Prize is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world, and to be included in a group of people who won it before me - that's a really big honor."

The Inamori foundation has awarded the prize since 1985. Kazuo Inamori, founder of the technology corporation Kyocera, created the foundation in 1984. It honors extraordinary personalities from the fields of culture and science with the Kyoto Prize. Langer, who works as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is widely considered to be the founder of tissue engineering.