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March 12, 2014

Retired vascular surgeon, inventor calls Northport home

TRAVERSE CITY — The culmination of seven years of toil rest inside the worn white and green envelope that arrived in Arne Landé’s mailbox in January.

The stack of papers from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office declared Landé, 82, the inventor and owner of a patent on artificial gills for divers.

But that project isn’t even his top priority these days. Landé is focused on a wearable, artificial pancreas for diabetic patients, but he’s also tinkering with plans for an artificial kidney, the world’s fastest sailboat, a personal yogurt maker and a liquid breathing system.

Those are just his inventions. Landé also is a competitive rower and winner of five medals in the 2013 USRowing Masters National Championships in Sarasota, Fla. He’s known as “The Doc” around town, and always gets the dancing started when bands take the local stage.

His dream is to bring a research institution to Northport, the village at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula he visited in childhood and where he now lives.

“I love the place, this is really home for me,” Landé said. “I’ve moved around other places, but none of the other places mean that much to me.”

Read more about Landé’s artificial pancreas project today in the Biz, page C1.

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