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R&D Magazine Names Dean Kamen Innovator Of The Year


Thomson Scientific-Sponsored Award Honors Pioneering Inventor

Philadelphia, PA USA, London UK , 08/29/2006 - Thomson Scientific, an operating unit of The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC) and leading provider of information solutions to the worldwide scientific community, today announced that Dean Kamen, president of the DEKA Research and Development Corporation, has been named R&D Magazine’s 2006 Innovator of the Year, an annual award sponsored by Thomson.

The R&D Magazine Innovator of the Year is an international award recognizing an individual who has demonstrated excellence and creativity in the design, development and introduction into the marketplace of at least one technologically significant product within the last five years. Thomson Scientific will present Kamen with the Innovator of the Year award at R&D Magazine’s “Annual R&D 100 Awards Banquet” to be held October 19, 2006 in Chicago .

An inventor, engineer and entrepreneur, Kamen holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, including one for the Segway® Human Transporter, a two-wheeled, self-balancing transportation device. He also has invented several medical devices, including the first wearable infusion pump, a shoebox-sized portable dialysis machine and the Independence™ IBOT™ Mobility System, a wheelchair that can climb stairs, stand upright on two wheels and rise to an eye-level position.

In 1989, Kamen founded For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), a multinational non-profit organization committed to cultivating the next generation of scientists and engineers. He continues to serve on the board of directors of FIRST.

“Thomson is proud to be the sponsor of this award, which honors the best minds in the fields of science and technology,” said David Brown, executive vice president of Corporate Markets at Thomson Scientific. “Dean Kamen is a visionary and a proven pioneer in medical and transportation technology. His inventions have improved the quality of life for many people, and he is truly deserving of this award.”

The Innovator of the Year award is selected annually by the editorial staff of R&D Magazine and an independent, six-member panel of judges, who represent a cross section of highly respected technical expertise within the research and development community.


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