Born Apr 5 1951
Ambulatory Infusion Pump
Patent Number(s) 3,858,581
Dean Kamen's first major innovation was the AutoSyringe®, a class
of automatic, self contained, ambulatory infusion pumps designed to
free patients from round-the-clock injections and, in some cases, from
their hospital beds. The wearable device delivered precise doses of
medication to diabetics and other patients with a variety of medical
conditions. Using an AutoSyringe to reliably dispense medication (such
as insulin) gave patients greater freedom and control over their disease,
dramatically improving their quality of life, while reducing complications
and painful daily injections.
Dean Kamen's AutoSyringe® dramatically improved the lives of patients
requiring round-the-clock injections. This class of wearable and automatic
infusion pumps reliably administered precise doses of medication to
patients with a variety of medical conditions, allowing them to go about
their lives. Some of his innovations include a portable dialysis machine
and a sophisticated mobility device for the disabled community.
Born in Rockville Center, NY, Kamen's natural aptitude for inventing
was obvious from childhood. By the time he was a young adult, he was
already established as a serious independent inventor. Among his inventions
in the medical field are a portable peritoneal dialysis machine and
the IBOT, a sophisticated mobility aid capable of climbing stairs and
raising the user to eye-level with a standing person.
Among Kamen's proudest accomplishments is founding FIRST (For Inspiration
and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989. The organization
is dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use, and
enjoy science and technology.