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Progress Made on Artificial Pancreas

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 01:10 PM

Biomedical scientists are reporting “a significant step forward” in developing what would be the first artificial pancreas system – a development that could one day help millions of Americans who have type 1 diabetes.
A scientific team, led by Johnson & Johnson, said a study involving 13 people with diabetes demonstrated the new device – known as a Hypoglycemia-Hyperglycemia Minimizer (HHM) System – effectively measured changes in blood glucose and automatically increased or decreased insulin delivery safely in ways that mirrored the human pancreas.
The study, presented at the 72nd Annual American Diabetes Association Meeting in Philadelphia, was conducted by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Animas Corp. in collaboration with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as part of an ongoing clinical trial approved last June by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
"The successful completion of this study using the HHM System in a human clinical trial setting is a significant step forward in the development of an advanced first-generation artificial pancreas system," said Dr. Henry Anhalt, Animas chief medical officer and director of the Artificial Pancreas Program. "It lays the foundation for subsequent clinical trials, bringing us one step closer to making the dream of an artificial pancreas a reality for millions of people living with type 1 diabetes."
The HHM System includes a continuous insulin pump, glucose monitor and special software used to predict changes in blood glucose. Researchers said the goal is developing an automated, closed-loop system to help people living with diabetes better control their disease by managing their blood glucose levels.

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