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Moses Judah Folkman, MD (1933-2008)
Harvard Medical School
Founding father of angiogenesis
  • An American medical scientist best known for his research on tumor angiogenesis, the process by which a tumor attracts blood vessels to nourish itself and sustain its existence. He founded the field of angiogenesis research, which has led to the discovery of a number of therapies based on inhibiting or stimulating neovascularization.
  • Invented an implantable device for timed drug release and donated it patent-free to the World Population Council; it contributed to what is now known as Norplant.
  • Was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, among others.
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