Back to Orlando 2006 2006 CWD Friend for Life Awards

Dean Kamen

For Inventing the Insulin Pump
And Thereby Forever Changing
Diabetes Care


Al Mann

For Pioneering Work in
Bringing Insulin Pump Therapy
To Children and Adults
With Diabetes

Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and a tireless advocate for science and technology. He is the founder of DEKA Research & Development Corporation, where he develops internally generated inventions and provides research and development for major corporate clients. He holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents for innovative devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. Some of his notable inventions include the first wearable insulin pump for diabetics, the HomeChoice™ portable peritoneal dialysis machine, the INDEPENDENCE® IBOT® Mobility System, and the Segway® Human Transporter.

Among Mr. Kamen's proudest accomplishments is founding 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.

Mr. Kamen was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2000, the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2002, and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2005.

  Alfred E. Mann serves as Chairman of the Board and CEO of MannKind Corporation, a diversified biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapeutics and drug delivery technologies for treatment of diabetes, cancer, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. MannKind's lead product mimics the insulin kinetics of a normal pancreas, creating a new therapy paradigm for diabetes. Mr. Mann also founded in 1993 and serves as Chairman and co-CEO of Advanced Bionics Corporation (ABC), now a Boston Scientific Company. ABC is a developer, manufacturer and distributor of cochlear implants for the restoration of hearing and a broad range of neurostimulation systems for various neural deficits.

Additionally Mr. Mann founded and served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of MiniMed Inc. from its incorporation in 1993 until August 2001 when it was acquired by Medtronic, Inc. MiniMed and its Medical Research Group, Inc. affiliate develop, manufacture and distribute microinfusion systems and continuous glucose monitoring systems that have revolutionized the treatment of Type 1 diabetes.

The 2006 Friend for Life Awards will be presented at the Family and Friends Banquet on Thursday, July 20th.

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