Koch Institute engineer Angela Belcher has been awarded this year's Lemelson-MIT Prize, which recognizes outstanding mid-career inventors dedicated to improving the world through technological invention and innovation. Belcher's original devices include a new imaging system that detects tiny, deep seated tumors in their earliest and most treatable stages. In addition to her cancer research, the $500,000 prize acknowledges other innovations such as biodegradable batteries, alternative fuels, and high-efficiency solar cells, as well as her outreach efforts to foster science education.
In the history of the Lemelson-MIT Prize, which spans nearly two decades, Belcher is the second woman recipient and the third associated with MIT as a faculty member or alumnus. KI member Robert Langer is also a previous winner.
Belcher's award is profiled in a video from the Lemelson-MIT program, as well as in media outlets including MIT News, the Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, and NBC News.