NEW York (GenomeWeb News) – James LeVoy Sorenson, a medical device inventor and founder of several companies including Sorenson Genomics, died of cancer on Sunday at the age of 86.
Sorenson is credited as the co-developer of the first real-time computerized heart monitoring systems, and the inventor of disposable surgical masks, non-invasive intravenous catheters, and blood-recycling and blood-infusion systems. Altogether, he held more than 40 patents.
Among the companies founded by Sorenson were Deseret Pharmaceuticals, which was eventually acquired by Becton Dickinson, and Sorenson Research, which was acquired by Abbott Laboratories in 1980.
He also formed several entities involved in the genomics industry including Sorenson Genomics, the world’s first laboratory accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks for genetic genealogy testing services, and Sorenson Forensics, which assists law enforcement agencies in solving advanced forensics cases. He also founded the non-profit Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, which has built a collection of correlated genetic and family history information in more than 170 countries.
The Sorenson Legacy Foundation, which he also founded, provides funding for healthcare facilities and programs, education and arts programs, and religious entities.
Sorenson is survived by his wife, Beverly Taylor Sorenson, eight children, 47 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren.