Despite having 10-12 hypos per month, Scott Bissinger had a problem remembering to carry fast-acting glucose with him. The reason? Lack of what he calls “the portability of glucose.” He knew there had to be a better way, and his proposed solution to the problem won him second place (and $10,000!) in a business venture competition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a senior majoring in Business Administration with…Read more »
I met Julie DeFruscio years ago — her daughter, Nikki, and I were actually JDRF Children’s Congress delegates the same year — and I’m excited to feature her as our latest diabetes entrepreneur! Our Small But Mighty series showcases small “homegrown” companies focused on making living with diabetes a little easier. Julie lives in Upstate New York with her husband and three kids (Adam, Patrick and Nikki), who all three have type 1 diabetes.
How many of you just hate lugging around tons of diabetes junk, only to find yourself rifling through the black hole of your bag, looking for your glucose meter or spare insulin pen? Jen Dorn, a 34-year-old type 1 diabetic for the last 20 years, sympathizes. After lugging around her own medical-looking pack for years, she finally decided to pursue her dream to create a line of stylish but functional handbags and messenger bags for…Read more »
They say that necessity is the mother of invention. Such is the case with Carolyn Jäger, a 36-year-old New Hampshire-based wife and mom, who grew up with a younger sister with type 1 diabetes and was diagnosed herself at age 13 — on her mom’s birthday (ouch!). Carolyn’s mom designed homemade meter cases for Carolyn and her sister, Susan, but it wasn’t until after many years of working as a retail buyer that Carolyn was…Read more »
We had the opportunity to meet a lot of small business people at this year’s AADE conference, in addition to those from the mega-huge Pharma companies. One company we spotted was GlucoBrands, a Florida-based outfit that’s been making the conference rounds this summer with its GlucoPouch, a new fruity glucose gel. I had a chance to try my sample on the plane back from Vegas when I hit 63 mg/dl right after take-off. Although I…Read more »