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Pioneers of the Medical Device Industry in Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with Norman Dann
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Norman Dann was born in Ohio. He graduated from college in Pennsylvania. He has headed his own medical device design and servicing companies, one of which was acquired by Medtronic. He worked for Medtronic after the acquisition. He has done consulting and administered venture capital funds. At the time of the interview he was working with several non-profit organizations. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Biography; schooling; family; education; his father's medical device and apparatus business; Norman Dann's experiences building, repairing and servicing medical equipment; the Dann Company; philosophy of customer service; sales representatives versus direct sales; ideas on improving sales; Medtronic; changes under FDA regulation; Xytron pacemaker; batteries; ramifications of technology leaps; benefits of technology control; impressions of Bill Chardack and others; consulting experiences; operations management; evaluating medical device firms for venture capital firms; experiences starting and successes and failures of three venture capital funds; local, regional and national competition in the medical device industry; experiences as a board member for various companies; involvement with non-profits; the regulation process; ideas on revising University and industry relations; thoughts on present state and future of the medical device industry and on Medical Alley.
4 hours sound cassette
68 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
03:33:07 running time
Interviewer: Rhees, David
Interviewee: Dann, Norman
Made in: Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Creation: 06/26/1998 - 07/23/1998 (Interviews conducted 6/26/1998 and 7/23/1998.)
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 87 (Library Call Number)
AV2001.104.5 (Accession Number)
MNHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Pioneers of the Medical Device Industry in Minnesota Oral History Project'