A Chat with Thomas Fogarty and Dean Kamen, Part 1

At this year's Medical Design Excellence Awards ceremony in Philadelphia, MD+DI honored Dr. Thomas Fogarty with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In his illustrious career, Fogarty has founded or cofounded more than 30 medical companies, and been awarded 135 patents on surgical instruments that have saved countless lives. Among his inventions is the Fogarty embolectomy catheter, which revolutionized vascular surgery and is still in use. On hand to present the award to Fogarty was medtech innovator and entrepreneur Dean Kamen, inventor of the first wearable infusion pump and the first wearable insulin pump.

After the ceremony, Kamen and Fogarty participated in a fascinating question-and-answer session in which they shared their insights about the future of medical device development. If you couldn't make the event, check our Part 1 of their conversation in the video below. You can also view Part two of the innovators' chat.