Dr. Joe DeSimone, a joint faculty member in Chemistry, was named the 2008 recipient of the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Prize for innovations in polymer chemistry. Known as the "Oscar for Inventors" the Lemelson-MIT prize awards $500,000 to mid-career inventors to recognize individuals who create innovations that "improve life for all of us."
Dr. DeSimone recieved the award for "his pioneering inventions, lab-to-marketplace entrepreneurship and commitment to mentorship." His inventions include ground-breaking innovations in green manufacturing, promising applications in gene therapy and drug delivery, as well as medical devices.
“DeSimone has established a stellar record of achievement and innovation,” said Dr. Robert S. Langer, Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who nominated DeSimone for the Lemelson-MIT Prize. “Joe is clearly one of the most inventive researchers in all of science.”