- R&D 100 Awards
Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and advocate for science and technology. He holds more than 440 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.
Kamen founded DEKA Research & Development Corporation to develop internally generated inventions, as well as to provide research and development for major corporate clients, including Baxter International Inc., Hologic Inc., Johnson & Johnson, and C.R. Bard.
Dean’s research has led to a number of ground-breaking technology advances. Among them are a highly-advanced prosthetic arm, HomeChoice™ peritoneal dialysis system, the Hydroflex™ surgical irrigation pump, the Crown™ stent, the iBOT™ mobility device, and the Segway® Human Transporter.
Kamen has received many awards for his efforts. Notably, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2000 in recognition for inventions that have advanced medical care worldwide, and for innovative and imaginative leadership in awakening America to the excitement of science and technology. Kamen was also awarded the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2002, and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2005. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering, and has been a member of the National Academy of Engineering since 1997.
Dean also founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use and enjoy science and technology, fulfilling his goal of inspiring the next generation of technological leaders.
In 2010, Dean hosted the Planet Green television series Dean of Invention.