The Johns Hopkins Gazette: April 23, 2001
April 23, 2001
VOL. 30, NO. 31


Alfred E. Mann Will Give Blumenthal Lecture April 30

By Phil Sneiderman
Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Alfred E. Mann, a prominent businessman, inventor and philanthropist in the field of biomedical engineering, will deliver the Sydney and Mitzi Blumenthal Lecture next Monday, April 30, in Schafler Auditorium in the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy, Homewood campus.

Mann's talk is titled "Where Med-Tech Meets Biotech: The Coming of Age of Bio-Medicine Technology." The event, which begins at 3:30 p.m., is free and open to the university community. It will begin with a welcome by Ilene Busch-Vishniac, dean of the Whiting School of Engineering, followed by remarks from William R. Brody, president of the university, and Mitzi Blumenthal, who helped establish the lecture series.

After Mann's address, Busch-Vishniac will present the Blumenthal Award to the speaker. Refreshments will then be served in the Bloomberg Center lobby.

The Blumenthal Lecture and Award for Contributions to Management in Technology were established in 1993 by Sydney C. Blumenthal Jr., a 1937 Hopkins graduate, and his wife, Mitzi. Sydney Blumenthal died in 1999.

The award and lecture were created to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to management in technology and to allow these individuals to present their ideas to students in the Whiting School and the greater Johns Hopkins community.

This year's speaker, Mann, is the chairman and CEO of MiniMed Inc.; chairman of Advanced Bionics Corporation, Medical Research Group Inc., Second Sight, AlleCure and Quallion; and chairman emeritus of Pacesetter Inc., all companies he founded. Mann is also chairman of CTL Immuno-therapy Inc. and Pharmaceutical Discovery Co. Inc.

These companies have developed important biomedical products and devices, including cardiac pacemakers and micro-infusion pumps for treatment of diabetes and other medical conditions. Mann's firms also are working on high-tech devices to help restore lost vision and hearing.

Mann provided funding to establish the Alfred E. Mann Foundation and the Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California, both devoted to the development of advanced medical products. Affiliated biomedical engineering institutes are under discussion at UCLA and Johns Hopkins.

Past Blumenthal speakers have included Michael Bloomberg, president of Bloomberg L.P.; Allan Huston, former president and CEO of Pizza Hut Worldwide; Norman Augustine, former president of Lockheed Martin; and William Perry, former U.S. secretary of defense.