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Kurt Amplatz

Interview:
1 hour, October 23, 2000, AGA Medical, Golden Valley, Minnesota
Interviewer: Kirk Jeffrey

Interview Excerpt:
Audio MP3 File | Excerpt Transcript

Subjects Discussed: Education; early training as a doctor; how he came to Minnesota and why he studied hearts; experiences as instructor in radiology; developing medical devices for neuroradiology, uroradiology, and cardiac radiology. Starting Kamca, and then AGA (Amplatz Gougeon Afremov). Patents; main product of AGAseptal occluder; papers he has coauthored; future of small device companies; early beginnings of Medtronic; new products being developed; personal connection with pacemakers.

Sound Recordings:
User copy: 1 60-minute cassette
Original: 1 60-minute cassette

Restrictions on Use: None

Transcript: 14 pages

Accession Number: AV 2001.104.2

 

Biographical Information

Kurt Amplatz was born in Austria. He studied in Switzerland and France. He obtained his medical degree and then finished his training in the United States. He developed many medical devices and started two medical device companies, Kamca and AGA.

Kurt Amplatz