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Alfred E. Mann[Valencia, Calif.] – MannKind Corp. reported with deep sadness Friday the passing of Alfred E. Mann, age 90, the company’s Chairman Emeritus.

Mr. Mann was the Chairman of the Board of MannKind from 2001 until February 2016 and, from November 2003 until January 2015, was its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Mann founded and largely funded 14 companies in his career. Nine of these companies were acquired at an overall total of almost $8 billion, and three companies became publicly traded, MannKind being one of them.

For nearly six decades, Alfred Mann was a revolutionary voice and thinker in aerospace, medical technology and biopharmaceuticals, and has led development of many products to fill unmet and poorly met medical needs. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Al’s wife, Claude, his children, and loved ones.

“Al has been a wonderful inspiration, not only to me, but to all the employees of MannKind. His kindness, generosity, and business acumen have influenced all of us with whom he has done business and charitable work over the years. He will be terribly missed by many, including the countless patients around the world with diabetes and other serious illnesses, whose lives he improved. I am thankful to have had a close relationship with Al, and will reflect on his counsel and guidance in the years to come. Our resolve is now stronger than ever to continue Al’s legacy of medical innovation, as a tribute to this remarkable man, who did so much to help mankind,” said Matthew Pfeffer, Chief Executive Officer of MannKind Corporation.

“Al’s contribution to the diabetes field is unparalleled, and he truly represents an iconic influence in the philanthropic and business arena for our generation. I’m honored to have worked for so many years with Al, and am proud to have called him my friend,” said Kent Kresa, Chairman of the Board of MannKind Corporation. No changes are anticipated in the company’s day-to-day business activities. The company’s loan agreement with The Mann Group is unaffected by the passing of Mr. Mann.

 

About MannKind Corp.

MannKind Corp. focuses on the discovery and development of therapeutic products for patients with diseases such as diabetes.

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24 Comments

  1. So sad may he rest in peace!

  2. I used to work for him at Pacesetter Systems/MiniMed in Sylmar.
    RIP

  3. Mr. Mann was a very kind and generous person. May he rest in peace.

  4. Dan O says:

    All of his companies were specifically aimed at helping the sick and making life better. You can’t do much better than that.

  5. Don Hull Don Hull says:

    A saddening loss to all of us.

  6. Brian Wood Brian Wood says:

    RIP Al, I enjoyed working for you at Pacesetter!

  7. It was a great pleasure to know & work for him. What an inspiration.

  8. stan milander says:

    So sad a great mind at rest A human for humanity

  9. Cindy Schnittgrund: in case you guys haven’t heard…

  10. Oh, I’m so sorry to hear this. A great man, a great mind and shared his ideas with the world. If you Don’t know about his achievements, look into his history. Amazing.

  11. Cliff Kodama Cliff Kodama says:

    An amazing caring and giving man, was honored to work for him. RIP Al

  12. Lynn Vogel Lynn Vogel says:

    Both my father-in-law and mother-in-law(she still does) worked for AlMann foundation and I’ve heard only good things about him through the years.

  13. Greg Brown Greg Brown says:

    Was he affiliated with Mann Biomedical?

  14. He was a good employer, knew how to treat his employees! Very giving man😟 bye Mr Mann. I know u are in heaven with God and his Angels👍🏻 U are now RIP🙂

  15. Ronni Jensen Ronni Jensen says:

    Great boss and Man, enjoyed working for him immensely RIP

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