3. Sunday interview: Dean Kamen
Dean Kamen likes to say he has invented so many things for so long that soon, his expired patents will exceed the valid ones. Given his total of 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them breakthrough medical devices, he can gripe when all of that is reduced to a single product — the Segway.
The wiry, 66-year-old inventor and entrepreneur is one of the most fervent American evangelists for patent rights. Silicon Valley technology hands are special targets of his ire when they say patents are passé and slow down innovation.
- Kamen to Axios, during a visit to Washington last week for FIRST, the global group he founded to encourage young inventors: "There is an entire class of people who don't really understand the perspective of what it takes to create an innovation. ... What does the little guy have — his idea."
- The next big thing, per Kamen: advances in medicine, including replacement human organs regenerated from a person's own cells and immunization against Alzheimer's.