Biotech entrepreneur Alfred E. Mann dies at 90

Alfred E. Mann, a pioneering investor and philanthropist whose companies have developed breakthrough medical devices including the first rechargeable pacemaker and an artificial retina that allows the blind to see, died Thursday. He was 90. A prolific entrepreneur, Mann over the course of seven decades founded 17 companies in fields ranging from aerospace to pharmaceuticals to medical devices. He sold many of those companies over the years, amassing a fortune that once topped $2.2 billion in 2007. Matthew Pfeffer, chief executive of Mann-backed company MannKind Corp., confirmed that Mann died Thursday in Las Vegas, where the entrepreneur had spent the majority of his time over the past…

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