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Alfred Mann Foundation
Website : http://www.aemf.org

Company Information
In 1968, Alfred Mann made a donation to the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to support development of a smaller, longer-lasting cardiac pacemaker. At that time, pacemakers weighed about half a pound and required major surgical replacement every 18-21 months. In 1969, Johns Hopkins persuaded Mr. Mann to form a company to take over the development.

That company, Pacesetter Systems (now St. Jude Medical Corporation), developed a small and very long-lived pacemaker with many disruptive advances. Those innovations enabled the company to grow rapidly into the second largest cardiac pacemaker company, improving the lives of countless individuals.

From that experience, Mr. Mann concluded that while great research is created in universities, rarely does that work translate into products that benefit the public. Pondering on how the process could be improved, he decided in 1985 to establish the Alfred Mann Foundation to bridge basic research in medicine and to create products that filled unmet and poorly-met needs. During these intervening years, AMF has advanced many new technologies, fulfilling Mr. Mann’s visions for improving the lives of people in need.

AMF was established with a mandate to develop medical technologies that will be made accessible to the public. In the 26 years since, AMF has charted an aggressive path of bring-ing life-enhancing technologies to those in greatest need by adhering to its mission statement:

The Alfred Mann Foundation is a medical research foundation dedicated to bringing advanced medical technologies to the public to provide significant improvements to the health, security and quality of life for people suffering from debilitating medical conditions.