Event – Entrepreneurial opportunities that tech, engineering, and life sciences can have on the quality of life for aging/disabled

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6/6/2007 – 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: CIT, Rock Hill Road, Herndon, VA (near Dulles Airport)

Interactive Satellite Event (VA Location): A.B.L.E., Featuring Hockenberry and Kamen

General admission is free to all Forum members, $20 for non-members.

Within a decade, the number of Americans requiring continual managed care for chronic conditions could reach 100 million. Explore the entrepreneurial opportunities that technology, engineering, and life sciences can have on the quality of every day life for the aging and disabled.

“A.B.L.E. Tech” will spotlight:

* The vast entrepreneurial opportunities that technology, engineering, and life sciences can have on the quality of every day life for the aging and disabled

* Cutting-edge advances being developed today

* How to prevent a looming crisis by focusing on managed vs. acute medical care

Our featured panel is moderated by NBC News correspondent and MIT Media Lab Distinguished Fellow, John Hockenberry, and features MIT Media Lab Professor Hugh Herr, and noted inventor, entrepreneur and president of DEKA Research, Dean Kamen.

Speaker Biographies

John Hockenberry is a veteran journalist who has excelled in every facet of the profession, from broadcast radio to news magazine television to print as well as being a pioneer in online content. He is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the MIT Media Lab.

Hockenberry is also a tireless and internationally known advocate and spokesman for the rights of the disabled. He was one of the founding inductees to the Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame in 2005. He wrote and appeared in a cover story for Parade Magazine on the 15 year anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, and is a contributing editor for WIRED Magazine and METROPOLIS. He was a guest on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and has been a stage presenter for national and international design conferences for more than a decade.

Hockenberry joined NBC as a correspondent for “Dateline NBC” in January

1996 after a fifteen-year career in broadcast news at both National Public Radio and ABC News. Hockenberry is a four-time Peabody Award winner, four-time Emmy award winner, and has won an Edward R. Murrow award and a Casey Medal.

He is the author of the novel A River Out Of Eden, and Moving

Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence, a memoir of life with a disability. In 1996, Hockenberry performed a successful limited run of “Spokeman,” a one-man, off-Broadway show he wrote.

Hockenberry attended both the University of Chicago and the University of Oregon. He and his wife Alison live in Brooklyn with their two sets of twins.

Hugh Herr ME ’93 is an associate professor, Media Arts and Sciences; assistant professor, MIT-Harvard Division of Health Sciences and Technology; and director of the Biomechatronics Group at the MIT Media Lab.

Herr’s Biomechatronics research group applies principles of muscle mechanics, neural control, and human biomechanics to guide the designs of biomimetic robots, human rehabilitation devices, and augmentation technologies that amplify the endurance and strength of humans. Herr has advanced novel actuation strategies, including the use of animal-derived muscle to power robots in the millimeter to centimeter size scale. He has employed cross-bridge models of skeletal muscle to the design and optimization of a new class of human-powered mechanisms that amplify endurance for cyclic anaerobic activities. He has also built elastic shoes that increase aerobic endurance in walking and running. In the field of human rehabilitation, Herr’s group has developed gait adaptive knee prostheses for transfemoral amputees and variable impedance ankle-foot orthoses for patients suffering from drop foot, a gait pathology caused by stroke, cerebral palsy, and multiple sclerosis.

Herr received his BA in physics from Millersville University of Pennsylvania, an MS in mechanical engineering from MIT, and a PhD in biophysics from Harvard University. Prior to coming to the Media Lab, Herr was assistant professor at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School.

Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and a tireless advocate for science and technology. He is the founder of DEKA Research & Development Corporation, where he develops internally generated inventions and provides research and development for major corporate clients. He holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents for innovative devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. Some of his notable inventions include the first wearable insulin pump for diabetics, the HomeChoice ? portable peritoneal dialysis machine, the INDEPENDENCE ® IBOT ® Mobility System, and the Segway ® Human Transporter.

Among Mr. Kamen’s proudest accomplishments is founding 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.

Mr. Kamen was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2000, the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2002, is a member of the National Academy of Engineers and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2005.


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