BCSIA Director's Lunch

"Dean Kamen - Inventor, Physicist and Entrepreneur"


Dean Kamen

Founder of DEKA Research & Development Corporation



Date: Wednesday, September 28th

Time:12:45 - 2:00 PM*** Please note the change in starting time*** (Lunch will be provided)

Place: BCSIA Library (L369)

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is proud to host a Director's Lunch with Dean Kamen, Founder of DEKA Research & Development Corporation, on his role as "Inventor, Physicist and Entrepreneur".

Dean Kamen has dedicated his life to developing technologies that help people lead better lives. As an inventor, he holds more than 200 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. While still a college undergraduate, he 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. By then, he had added a number of other infusion devices, including the first wearable insulin pump for diabetics. 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.

Among Mr. Kamen's proudest accomplishments is founding FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989, an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use, and enjoy science and technology. The FIRST Robotics Competition, an annual competition teaming professional engineers with high school students nationwide attracts hundreds of teams, breaks participation records every year and inspires students to pursue careers in science and technology.

Mr. Kamen has received numerous awards and accolades for his innovative inventions that revolutionized healthcare technology including the National Medal of Technology in 2000, the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2002 for Invention and Innovation; and Dean was inducted into The National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2005.



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