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Posted: August 26, 2009
Segway inventor Dean Kamen to speak at 8th Annual NanoBusiness conference
(Nanowerk News) Most widely known for his invention of the Segway—an electric, self-balancing human transporter—entrepreneur and inventor Dean Kamen will deliver a keynote address during the 8th annual NanoBusiness conference. Kamen will join dozens of the world’s leading innovators, nanotechnology executives and educators at the conference offering keynote speeches or participating on panels to highlight the most pressing issues facing those commercializing nanotech innovations. The conference, sponsored by NanoBusiness Alliance, will run for three days—September 8-10—at McCormick Place in Chicago.
While still in college, Dean Kamen began creating useful inventions and has since accumulated more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents. In addition to the Segway, Kamen has invented numerous medical devices, including the first wearable infusion pump used for chemotherapy, neonatology and endocrinology, and the first insulin pump for diabetics. In 2000, Kamen was awarded the National Medal of Technology by President Clinton to recognize his efforts to help advance medical care worldwide. He also was awarded the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2002, and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2005.
Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use and enjoy science and technology.
“Dean Kamen is accomplished not only as an inventor, but also as someone who is passionate about getting young people engaged in science,” said Sean Murdock, executive chairman of NanoBusiness Alliance. “We are proud to have him as a keynote speaker and know that his presentation will provide inspiration and insight that will help our attendees reach their goals of pushing nanotechnology to the next level.”
NanoBusiness 2009 will feature an expanded conference program, with presentations by more than 140 speakers over three days. Conference focus areas include Health/Medical, Energy, Electronics, Water, Defense, Construction, Tools/Metrology, and Advanced Materials.