Dean Kamen, DEKA Research and Development Corp.
Dean Kamen, founder of DEKA Research and Development Corp. and chairman of Segway LLC, is an inventor, an entrepreneur and a tireless advocate for science and technology. He holds more than 150 U.S. and foreign patents, many for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. Among his notable inventions, the INDEPENDENCETM iBOT TM 3000 Mobility System, a wheelchair that climbs stairs, and the Segway TM HT.
While still a college undergraduate, Kamen invented the first wearable infusion pump, which rapidly gained acceptance from such diverse medical specialties as chemotherapy, neonatology and endocrinology. In 1976, he founded his first medical device company, AutoSyringe, Inc., to manufacture and market the pumps. At age 30, he sold that company to Baxter International Corporation. Following the sale of AutoSyringe, Inc., he founded DEKA Research & Development Corporation to develop internally generated inventions as well as to provide R&D for major corporate clients. Recent projects have included the HomeChoice™ dialysis machine, developed for Baxter (Design News’ 1993 Medical Product of the Year), and the INDEPENDENCETM iBOT TM 3000 Mobility System, developed for Independence Technology, a division of Johnson & Johnson. A decade ago Dean founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), and ever since has remained its driving force. FIRST uses wholesale marketing and media techniques to motivate the next generation to want to learn about science and technology. He has personally recruited scores of the top leaders of American industry, education and government in this crusade.
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