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At 88, billionaire inventor Alfred Mann's motivated by more than money
At 88, billionaire inventor Alfred Mann's motivated by more than money

Many executives would have given up after sinking a decade and $1 billion into an unsalable product. Wall Street had hammered the company's stock after regulators issued yet another round of safety concerns. Analysts piled on, some declaring the product would never reach the market. Shareholders sued. But Alfred Mann's motivations went far deeper than money. The Los Angeles billionaire already could claim a stunning array of medical advances: His companies had created a rechargeable pacemaker; an implant that enables deaf people to hear; a prosthetic retina that helps blind people see; an insulin pump that transformed the treatment of diabetes; a device that enables...

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