In the area of beta cell preservation, there’s a (sort of) new name in the spotlight: Andromeda Biotech, Ltd. with its DiaPep277 treatment. Based in Israel, this company announced last month that phase III clinical trials showed significant preservation of C-peptide levels, a marker for assessing insulin secretion by pancreatic cells. Andromeda joins the ranks of companies like Tolerx and Macrogenics/Lilly, who’ve been vocal about their work to preserve beta cell functioning in newly diagnosed…Read more »
We were familiar with the company ViaCyte through its former identity as NovoCell, when we reported that they’d managed to successfully control diabetes in mice using embryonic stem cells back in 2008.
Last year, they changed their name, but their two-part mission remained the same: first, to create fully functioning beta cells (the specific kind of islet cells that make insulin and amylin) from embryonic stem cells, and then to find a way to combat…
Childbirth and diabetes were once considered mutually exclusive. Thankfully, those days are over. But aiming for a healthy baby — and an uncomplicated birth — when you’re living with diabetes is still a very tall order. It can be scary. And no one really wants to have a C-section, right? (I sure didn’t, x3). Today, D-author and fellow mother of three Amy Stockwell Mercer joins us once more for a special report on new research…Read more »
Yesterday marks “a milestone” in the development of new technology to help automate the care and treatment of type 1 diabetes, according to JDRF!
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration unveiled its eagerly awaited Draft Guidance document for research and development of the Artificial Pancreas system, and initial reaction from JDRF — in a press conference held yesterday afternoon — was a mix of jubilation and a more measured response that they remain “guardedly optimistic”…
This past weekend, 17 of the leading researchers in the diabetes community traveled to San Diego, CA, to speak at TEDxDelMar, an exciting day-long conference focused on the latest breakthroughs and continuing challenges in the search for a cure. Although the cure was the main focus of the day, TEDxDelMar also featured discussions on living well with diabetes (with talks including Dr. Steve Edelman and Dr. Bill Polonsky) and the future of diabetes technology (with…Read more »