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Every parent worries about the day their type 1 child will have manage diabetes on his or her own. When Ed Damiano's son, David, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, he was determined to create a bionic pancreas before David went to college. As an associate professor of biomedical engineering at Boston University, Ed had a real opportunity to make his dream reality.
"It's probably the single greatest concern a parent has ... is not only taking care of their kid at night but, how their kid is going to do that when they are on their own," he said.
The bionic pancreas that Ed and his team designed not only administers insulin like an insulin pump, but also dispenses glucagon in tiny doses to precisely increase blood sugar. This will give patients the ability to function as if they had an actual pancreas, though it will be located outside of the body. Currently in its third iteration, the bionic pancreas is still being tested in clinical studies with Massachusetts General Hospital.
After more than a decade of rigorous effort, Ed Damiano's dream is closer than ever to becoming reality. Ed's goal is to submit the bionic pancreas to the FDA in time to get the agency's approval for production and use by 2017, when David is expected to graduate from high school. The team of experts collaborating with Ed is currently working on the clinical trials and finishing touches for the device prior to submitting it to the FDA.
Let's join together to support Ed Damiano's work, and change the world for type 1 diabetics. Sign to ask the FDA Medical Devices Advisory Committee to prioritize the review and approval process once the bionic pancreas is submitted.
Dear FDA Medical Devices Advisory Committee,
Each year more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the U.S. That means they receive over 4,500 fingers pricks and over 1,800 insulin shots in just one year.
Many parents worry about the day their children will be given the responsibility to manage their diabetes on their own. To address this, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Boston University, Ed Mariano has been working on a bionic pancreas that he hopes will become a reality once his type 1 son David heads off to college in 2017.
This bionic pancreas will not only administer insulin but will also dispense small amounts of glucagon when needed. Type 1s will be able to live like they have an actual pancreas but outside of their bodies.
Once the bionic pancreas is submitted for review, we ask you to prioritize the approval and use of this device. Making it available to type 1 diabetics will have a profound impact on their lives by helping them more effectively manage their condition.