Mikos receives Controlled Release Society’s 2020 Founders Award

By Patrick Kurp
Special to the Rice News

Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice, has received the 2020 Founders Award of the Controlled Release Society (CRS).

Antonios Mikos

Antonios Mikos

The honor recognizes Mikos for his “outstanding contributions in the science and technology of controlled release.” Controlled release includes various methods for delivering drugs and other substances at a desired rate for a specified period of time.

Mikos’ research focuses on the synthesis, processing and evaluation of biomaterials for use as scaffolds in tissue engineering, carriers for controlled drug delivery, nonviral vectors for gene therapy and as platforms for disease modeling. His work has led to the development of orthopedic, dental, cardiovascular, neurologic and ophthalmologic biomaterials.

Mikos earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Purdue University in 1988. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Harvard Medical School before joining the Rice faculty in 1992. He is director of the Center for Engineering Complex Tissues, the Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering and the J.W. Cox Laboratory for Biomedical Engineering at Rice.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering; the National Academy of Medicine; the National Academy of Inventors; the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering; the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas; and the Academy of Athens. Mikos was awarded the 2019 Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal.

He will formally receive the award from CRS at its annual meeting and exposition in Las Vegas in late June, where he will deliver the Founders Award Lecture.

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