The MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award
Each year, the UBM Canon Medical Content Team and the MD+DI Editorial Advisory Board will select an industry pioneer to receive the MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the crucial role that they have played in medical device innovation. This award goes to an individual whose contributions over a long career in the medtech industry have had a significant and demonstrable impact on technological, business, and cultural advancements in the world.
Dean Kamen, Founder, DEKA Research & Development Corp.
2014 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award —Recipient
Kamen is an inventor, an entrepreneur, and a tireless 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. Kamen invented the first wearable infusion pump and the first wearable insulin pump for diabetics. Some of the many devices he's worked on include the HomeChoice™ peritoneal dialysis system, Hydroflex™ surgical irrigation pump, the Crown™ stent, the iBOT™ mobility device, and the Segway® Human Transporter. Kamen was awarded the National Medal of Technology, the Lemelson-MIT Prize, and has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Kamen founded DEKA Research & Development Corporation to develop internally generated inventions as well as to provide research and development for major corporate clients. DEKA Research’s robotic prosthetic arm was recently approved by FDA. In addition to DEKA, one of Dean’s proudest accomplishments is founding FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to motivating high-school-aged participants to understand, use and enjoy science and technology. Studies have shown that FIRST Alumni are highly motivated to pursue careers in science and engineering, thus fulfi lling Dean’s goal of inspiring the next generation of technological leaders
Dr. Robert Langer, David H. Koch Institute Professor, MIT
2013 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award —Recipient
Langer's vast accomplishments in the MedTech industry date back more than 40 years. Langer has lectured at MIT since 1977 and also leads the institute's Langer Lab, one of the largest biomedical engineering laboratories in the world. His vast accomplishments include groundbreaking discoveries and advancements in the fields of drug-delivery, tissue engineering, nanotechnology, and personalized medicine.
Langer sat on FDA's SCIENCE board, the agency's highest advisory board, from 1995 to 2002, serving as its Chairman the last four of those years. He was the youngest person ever elected to all three U.S. National Academies and has received 20 honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning around the world. The most cited engineer ever, Langer has written more than 1200 articles and has more than 800 pending and issued patents. He has also helped launch at least 27 start-up companies based on his discoveries and inventions.
Dr. Thomas Fogarty
2012 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award — Recipient
Fogarty's vast accomplishments in the medtech industry date back more than half a century. He has founded or co-founded more than 33 medical companies. Fogarty holds 150 patents on surgical instruments—among them is the Fogarty embolectomy catheter, which revolutionized vascular surgery, became the first minimally invasive surgical device, and is still commonly used. Before Fogarty invented this catheter, up to 50% of patients were dying or losing limbs during surgery to remove blood clots. His inventions have saved the lives of millions of people.
Fogarty was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, along-side Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers, and has won countless other awards including the Lemelson-MIT Prize for Invention and Innovation. Fogarty has also published approximately 180 scientific articles and textbook chapters on the topics of general and cardiovascular surgery. He is also a passionate winemaker and owns a vineyard in Woodside, CA.
Alfred E. Mann
2011 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award —Recipient
Mr. Mann currently serves as Chairman of the Board and CEO of MannKind Corp., a diversified biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapeutics and drug delivery technologies for the treatment of diabetes, cancer, autoimmune, and inflammatory diseases.
In 1993, Mr. Mann founded, and still serves as Chairman, of Advanced Bionics Corp., a developer, manufacturer, and distributor of cochlear implants for the restoration of hearing to the deaf. The list of additional companies that Mr. Mann either founded or is involved in include Second Sight, which is developing a visual prosthesis to restore sight to the blind; Implantable Acoustics, which is developing implantable hearing aids; and NeuroSystec, which is exploring drug therapies to treat tinnitus and other audiologic problems.
Mr. Mann is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Alfred Mann Foundation and of the Alfred Mann Institutes at the University of Southern California, Purdue University, and The Technion Institute (Israel). He also serves as a Trustee for the University of Southern California, as a member of the Board of Overseers of the Keck USC School of Medicine, and as the Chairman of the Southern California Biomedical Council, a nonprofit association dedicated to the fostering of the bio-medical industry in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
Mr. Mann holds BA and MS degrees in physics from the University of California, and honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Southern California, Johns Hopkins University, Western University, and the Technion Institute (Israel). Mann has also received numerous other honors and awards including: Spirit of Life Award, Larry King Cardiac Foundation (November, 2006); Panelist, White House Forum on Disabilities (2004); and Named One of the 10 Most Influential People on the Tech Coast (LA Times, 1999).
MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award In the Press / News:
2014 LAA Recipient: Dean Kamen
- Dean Kamen Doesn't Rest, Chris Wiltz, MD+DI (June 2014).
- UBM Canon and MD+DI Announce Dean Kamen as the 2014 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient (June 5, 2014)
2013 LAA Recipient: Dr. Robert Langer
- VIDEO: Watch this Special video presented in tribute to Dr. Robert Langer: 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, MDEA team (June 2013).
- MIT's Robert Langer Receives MDEA 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, Jamie Hartford, MD+DI (June 2013).
- MIT's Robert Langer Discusses Issues Facing the MedTech Industry, Jamie Hartford, MD+DI (May 2013).
- Robert Langer's Formula for Start-Up Success, Jamie Hartford, MD+DI (May 2013).
- Robert Langer, MIT Institute Professor, to Receive MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award, Jamie Hartford, MD+DI (May 2013).
- UBM Canon and MD+DI, the Global MedTech Authorities, Announce Dr. Robert Langer as the 2013 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, (May 2013).
2012 LAA Recipient: Dr. Thomas Fogarty
- VIDEO: A Sit-Down Chat with Dr. Thomas Fogarty and Dean Kamen, Maria Fontanazza, Managing Editor, MD+DI. Check out Part I and Part II.
- VIDEO: Thomas Fogarty, MD accepts the MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award,
- VIDEO SERIES: Interviews with 2012 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Winner, Thomas Fogarty, MD
- Part I: A Fireside Chat with the "Edison of Medicine," Thomas Fogarty, MD, Brian Buntz, Editor-at-Large, UBM Canon Medical Device Group (April 2012).
- Part II: Thomas Fogarty, MD on Medical Innovation (Part II), Brian Buntz, Editor-at-Large, UBM Canon Medical Device Group (May 2012).
- An MD+DI Exclusive Interview with Medtech Pioneer Thomas Fogarty, MD, Brian Buntz, MD+DI (January 2012).
- Famed Inventor Thomas Fogarty, MD Wins MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award, Brian Buntz, MD+DI (April 2012).
- Dr. Thomas Fogarty Announced as 2012 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, (March 2012).
- Exclusive One-on-One Interview: Noted Inventor Thomas Fogarty, MD Shares Insights on the Crux Inferior Cava Filter, Brian Buntz, UBM Canon's Editor-at-Large (March 2012).
2012 LAA Presenter: Dean Kamen
- Dean Kamen presented Dr. Thomas Fogarty with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, (June 15, 2012)
- Dean Kamen announced as the Presenter of 2012 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award, (April 11, 2012)
2011 LAA Recipient: Alfred Mann
- VIDEO: Watch Alfred Mann's 2011 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech.
- Alfred E. Mann Wins MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award, Interview with Brian Buntz, MD+DI (May 2011).
- MDEA Announces Alfred E. Mann as 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, (April 29, 2011)