Paris-based Cellnovo Group has partnered with TypeZero Technologies to be part of a previously announced clinical trial of an artificial pancreas that's being backed by a $12.8 million grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Cellnovo's connected insulin patch pump will be used in conjunction with TypeZero's inControl AP software and a Dexcom continuous glucose monitor to form the whole of the artificial pancreas system being tested.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health is financing what's expected to be the largest long-term clinical study for an artificial pancreas to regulate the blood sugar levels in Type 1 diabetics to the tune of $12.7 million. This is the biggest chunk it's yet doled out as part of a program the agency started in 2014 to promote testing of artificial pancreas systems that's already backed at least three other research efforts.
In an effort aimed at encouraging earlier diagnosis and even potentially prevention for Type 1 diabetes, the JDRF and the American Diabetes Association have published a new evaluation of the presymptomatic staging of Type 1 diabetes.
DexCom made a big splash last quarter when it launched a marketing campaign featuring teen pop idol Nick Jonas, who has Type 1 diabetes. The move to address its significant pediatric market helped the connected continuous glucose monitor company to new revenue heights--up 59% to $93.2 million in the second quarter as compared to a year ago.
Canadian researchers have found that the dual-hormone artificial pancreas works best for treating patients with Type 1 diabetes by reducing the amount of time they are exposed to nocturnal hypoglycemia.
Becton Dickinson worked with diabetes patient advocate groups to develop its latest insulin infusion set, which is designed for improved insulin flow with reduced interruptions. Now the FDA has cleared the new infusion set based on BD FlowSmart.
Semma Therapeutics aims to provide beta cells--the pancreatic cells that produce insulin--to patients with Type 1 diabetes. If the startup can get beyond early research, an implantable device that creates insulin via these stem cell-derived beta cells could replace daily insulin injections and transform patient care.
Diabetes vaccine developer Diamyd Medical is running a Phase II test to see if its candidate, Diamyd, can prevent or delay the onset of Type 1 diabetes in children at very high risk of presenting with the disease.
Johnson & Johnson's Janssen unit is teaming up with nonprofit JDRF to develop new diagnostic approaches for Type 1 diabetes, aiming to identify the disease earlier and curb its progression.
Selecta Biosciences and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation are widening their 2011 research collaboration for a Type 1 diabetes vaccine--and bringing in a little Big Pharma muscle, too.