Kamens 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.
in Rockville Center, NY, Kamens 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
Kamens 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.