Charles L. Cooney
Robert T. Hadan Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering; co-director, Program on the Pharmaceutical Industry; faculty director, Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation
areas of expertise: biotech and pharmaceutical process development and manufacturing, technological innovation and entrepreneurship, biomass and biofuels
Charles L. Cooney received his BS in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1966, and his SM (1967) and PhD (1970) in biochemical engineering from MIT. After a short postdoc stint at the Squibb Institute for Medical Research, he joined the MIT faculty as an assistant professor in 1970, becoming full professor in 1982.
Cooney’s honors include the 1989 Gold Medal of the Institute of Biotechnological Studies (London); the Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; the James Van Lanen Distinguished Service Award from the American Chemical Society’s Division of Microbial and Biochemical Technology; and election to the American Institute of Medical and Biochemical Engineers and the Fellows of the American Chemical Society.
A consultant to multiple biotech and pharmaceutical companies, Cooney sits on the boards of Genzyme, Polypore International and Biocon Ltd. (India). His research and teaching span many aspects of biochemical engineering and pharmaceutical manufacturing. He holds more than 30 patents, has published 250-plus research papers, and has co-authored or edited five books, including Development of Sustainable Bioprocesses: Modeling and Assessment (Wiley Press, 2006).
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