HELSINKI, June 11 (Xinhua) -- U.S. scientist Robert Langer was awarded the Finnish Millennium Technology Prize in Helsinki for his achievements in biochemical engineering, which helps to fight cancer and heart disease, the Technology Academy Finland announced Wednesday.
Langer, an Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discovered and developed many advanced drug delivery systems that have had a significant impact on fighting cancer, heart disease, mental health illnesses and numerous other diseases, said the prize selection committee.
Finnish President Tarja Halonen presented Langer the prize of 800,000 euros (1.24 million U.S. dollars) and the prize trophy "Peak" at the Grand Award Ceremony here on Wednesday.
The Millennium Technology Prize, considered the largest of its kind, is granted every second year to innovations in the world's technology field since 2004.
MIT professor Tim Berners-Lee, one of the inventors of the World Wide Web and Japan-born Shuji Nakamura from the University of California, who developed LED lighting, were awarded respectively in 2004 and 2006.