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The MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Each year, the UBM Canon MedTech Group Content Team and the MD+DI Editorial Advisory Board will select an industry pioneer to receive the MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the crucial role that they have played in medical device innovation. This award goes to an individual whose contributions over a long career in the MedTech industry have had a significant and demonstrable impact on technological, business, and cultural advancements in the world.

PAST MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

2012 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
2012 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Dr. Thomas Fogarty, with presenter Dean Kamen, Founder, DEKA Research & Development Corp., at the 2012 MDEA ceremony held in conjunction with MD&M East in Philadelphia.


2011 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award
2011 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Alfred E. Mann, Chairman of the Board and CEO of MannKind Corp., at the 2011 MDEA ceremony held in conjunction with MD&M East in New York.


Dr. Thomas Fogarty
2012 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award — Winner

Dr. Thomas FogartyFogarty's vast accomplishments in the MedTech industry date back more than half a century. He has founded or co-founded more than 33 medical companies. Fogarty holds 150 patents on surgical instrumentsamong them is the Fogarty embolectomy catheter, which revolutionized vascular surgery, became the first minimally invasive surgical device, and is still commonly used. Before Fogarty invented this catheter, up to 50% of patients were dying or losing limbs during surgery to remove blood clots. His inventions have saved the lives of millions of people.

Fogarty was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, along-side Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers, and has won countless other awards including the Lemelson-MIT Prize for Invention and Innovation. Fogarty has also published approximately 180 scientific articles and textbook chapters on the topics of general and cardiovascular surgery. He is also a passionate winemaker and owns a vineyard in Woodside, CA.

Dean Kamen
2012 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award Presenter

Dean KamenIn 2012 we were pleased to have a second industry notable with us. Presenting the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Fogarty was a man worthy of the award himselfDean Kamen. Kamen is an inventor, an entrepreneur, and a tireless advocate for science and technology. He holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. Kamen invented 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, Hydroflex™ surgical irrigation pump, the Crown™ stent, the iBOT™ mobility device, and the Segway® Human Transporter. Kamen was awarded the National Medal of Technology, the Lemelson-MIT Prize, and has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Alfred E. Mann
2011 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Alfred E. MannMr. Mann currently serves as Chairman of the Board and CEO of MannKind Corp., a diversified biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapeutics and drug delivery technologies for the treatment of diabetes, cancer, autoimmune, and inflammatory diseases.

In 1993, Mr. Mann founded, and still serves as Chairman, of Advanced Bionics Corp., a developer, manufacturer, and distributor of cochlear implants for the restoration of hearing to the deaf.

The list of additional companies that Mr. Mann either founded or is involved in include Second Sight, which is developing a visual prosthesis to restore sight to the blind; Implantable Acoustics, which is developing implantable hearing aids; and NeuroSystec, which is exploring drug therapies to treat tinnitus and other audiologic problems.

Mr. Mann is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Alfred Mann Foundation and of the Alfred Mann Institutes at the University of Southern California, Purdue University, and The Technion Institute (Israel). He also serves as a Trustee for the University of Southern California, as a member of the Board of Overseers of the Keck USC School of Medicine, and as the Chairman of the Southern California Biomedical Council, a nonprofit association dedicated to the fostering of the bio-medical industry in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Mr. Mann holds BA and MS degrees in physics from the University of California, and honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Southern California, Johns Hopkins University, Western University, and the Technion Institute (Israel).

Mr. Mann has received the following honors and awards:

  • Group Achievement and Exceptional Public Service Awards (NASA, 1981/1984)
  • Master Entrepreneur of the Year (Los Angeles, 1996)
  • Arthur Anderson Award for Fostering Innovation (Southern California, 1996)
  • Citation Award: Engineer of the Year (UCLA, 1997)
  • Father of the Year (Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 1998)
  • Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award (League for the Hard of Hearing, 1998)
  • Spirit of Edison Award for Community Service (Thomas Edison State College, 1999)
  • Named One of the 10 Most Influential People on the Tech Coast (LA Times, 1999)
  • Panelist, White House Forum on Disabilities (2004)
  • Spirit of Life Award, Larry King Cardiac Foundation (November, 2006)

MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award In the Press / News:

2012 LAA Winner: Dr. Fogarty in the Press / News:

VIDEO: A Sit-Down Chat with Dr. Thomas Fogarty and Dean Kamen, Maria Fontanazza, Managing Editor, MD+DI. MedTech innovators Thomas Fogarty, MD and Dean Kamen discuss innovation in the device industry in light of the economy, healthcare reform, and the hurdles presented by FDA. Check out Part I and Part II.

VIDEO: Thomas Fogarty, MD accepts the MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award, MDDI Video Vault. Renowned MedTech entrepreneur Dean Kamen presents Thomas Fogarty, MD with the 2012 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award.

VIDEO SERIES: Interviews with 2012 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Thomas Fogarty, MD
VIDEO Part I: A Fireside Chat with the "Edison of Medicine," Thomas Fogarty, MD, Brian Buntz, Editor-at-Large, UBM Canon Medical Device Group (April 2012). In this interview with UBM Canon editor Brian Buntz, famous inventor and cardiovascular surgeon Thomas Fogarty, MD discusses the achievements he is most proud of and how he became an inventor and entrepreneur. He also provides background on the invention of his namesake Fogarty catheter. This video is the first in a series with Dr. Fogarty.

VIDEO Part II:
Thomas Fogarty, MD on Medical Innovation (Part II), Brian Buntz, Editor-at-Large, UBM Canon Medical Device Group (May 2012). Noted inventor and vascular surgeon Thomas Fogarty, MD speaks with MD+DI editor-at-large Brian Buntz about the Fogarty Institute for Innovation and his thoughts on barriers that slow the commercialization of new medical technologies.

An MD+DI Exclusive Interview with Medtech Pioneer Thomas Fogarty, MD, Brian Buntz, MD+DI (January 2012).

Famed Inventor Thomas Fogarty, MD Wins MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award, Brian Buntz, MD+DI (April 2012).

March 29, 2012 – Dr. Thomas Fogarty Announced as 2012 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Exclusive One-on-One Interview: Noted Inventor Thomas Fogarty, MD Shares Insights on the Crux Inferior Cava Filter, Brian Buntz, UBM Canon's Editor-at-Large (March 2012).

2012 LAA Presenter: Dean Kamen in the Press / News:

June 15, 2012 – Dean Kamen presented Dr. Thomas Fogarty with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award

April 11, 2012 – Dean Kamen Announced as of the Presenter of 2012 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award

2011 LAA Winner: Alfred Mann in the Press / News:

Click here to watch the video of Alfred Mann's Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech.

Alfred E. Mann Wins MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award, Brian Buntz, MD+DI (May 2011). Interview with the Chairman and CEO of MannKind Corporation.

Los Angeles, CA (April 29, 2011) – UBM Canon, the Global MedTech Authority, and the MDEA Announce Alfred E. Mann, Chairman and CEO of MannKind Corp., as 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

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