As an inventor, Kamen holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices. He was responsible for 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, the Hydroflex surgical irrigation pump, the Crown stent, which he developed for Johnson & Johnson, the iBOT mobility device (an all-terain wheelchair that climbs stairs), and the famous Segway Human Transporter. He founded his first medical device company, pump manufacturer and marketer AutoSyringe Inc., in 1976. At age 30 he sold AutoSyringe to Baxter Healthcare and founded DEKA soon after to develop its own inventions and conduct R&D for corporate clients.
|A veteran uses DEKA's prosthetic arm.|
|Dean Kamen will be awarded a Lifetime Achievement award at the 2014 MDEA Awards as part of MD&M East, June 11, 2014|