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Dean Kamen

FIRST/DEKA Research & Development Corporation
Dean Kamen is a prolific inventor who has been compared to Edison for his contributions to humanity. Perhaps best known for inventing the Segway, Dean holds more than 450 technology patents and has invented ground breaking technologies that are changing lives around the world; from the first drug pumps and revolutionary stair-climbing wheelchairs, to the “Luke” robotic arm and pioneering inventions in energy and water that will help end poverty in developing nations. Dean's non-profit, FIRST® (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) is a global program for K-12 students, designed to experientially engage and inspire the next generation of young technology innovators through mentoring, good sportsmanship and robotics competitions. Dean is an award-winning inventor, an adviser to World Leaders, and a mentor who presents remarkable insight and plan-spoken truth in a manner that inspires and challenges others.