But 20 years from now, when some enterprising author writes the book about how the United States finally found a cure for cancer, you can bet that Langer will be there, front and center, in the table of contents, or maybe even on the cover.
Today Langer is a distinguished professor at MIT, in chemical and biomedical engineering. More importantly for investors like us, he is the co-founder of a hot biotech startup that just reported a key cancer breakthrough.
It's called BIND Biosciences. And it isn't just on an IPO track.
It's one of the companies I refer to when I say technology can save America. Thanks to this nation's innovative thinkers and savvy entrepreneurs, just like Langer, this country leads the world in high-tech breakthroughs - the kind that reshape lives and histories. And that's what makes me truly believe that The Land of Opportunity is bound to come out ahead in the long run.
So if you want to make big money in the Era of Radical Change, you can forget about the global debt crisis. Ditto Washington's antics. Same goes for monthly jobs reports and even the market's ups and downs.
You need to keep an eye on guys like Bob Langer.
His Team Has Given Millions New Reason for HopeRight now 12 million Americans are suffering from some form of cancer; the disease will kill one-third of them outright. In the next 24 hours, nearly 1,500 cancer patients will die. Odds are, several people will have passed away by the time you read this report.
Many of you will relate to this on a personal level. I know I do. Cancer killed my maternal grandmother and two of my friends.
Yet today, finally, after many billions of dollars funneled into cancer research over the decades, I believe we have passed the "tipping point" in our long battle against this deadly disease. I predict that within a decade we will cut the number of cancer deaths in half.
Not only will sharp biotech investors (like us) profit along the way, the nation as a whole will get a tremendous payoff when that happens. After all, cancer costs the U.S. roughly $225 billion a year in health-care bills and lost wages.
So, the Langer team's breakthrough has much to offer America, at a time when many people fear that China is getting ready to have us for lunch. Well, let me tell you this. You won't see this kind of innovation coming out of China any time soon.