Dr Colin Brown, Director of Engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said in response to the announcement of the 2015 winner of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering:

“Today’s winner shows the huge impact engineering, and indeed just one engineer, can have on society.

“Robert Langer’s work to pioneer new drug delivery systems has saved countless lives, and illustrates how engineers really are improving the world through engineering.

“The UK currently is facing a critical engineering skills shortage and we need to double the number of places for graduates and apprentices in our universities, colleges and training centres, to keep our vital industries working and to enable the UK’s economy to grow. I hope Langer’s inspiring story and success today will inspire the pioneering engineers of tomorrow.”