Skip navigation

no spam, unsubscribe anytime.
Skip navigation
In the Spring and Summer of 2013, 20 adults and 32 adolescents were involved in a five-day trial using the bionic pancreas. Results showed that the use dramatically improved average glucose levels and nearly eliminated hypoglycemia compared to those not using it. Due to it's success a four-center, 12-day study in the Spring of 2014 will run until early 2015.
Goal: 40,000 Progress: 34,114
Sponsored by: The Diabetes Site

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.

Sign Here

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.

Petition Signatures

Aug 9, 2018 Mufaila Muhseen
Aug 9, 2018 Ameena Siddeek
Aug 3, 2018 Hasna Huzair
Aug 3, 2018 Stephanie Craven
Aug 2, 2018 Terri Rogers I hope for this to happen one day soon. I have 2 boys that are T1D
Aug 2, 2018 T. J. Dexter
Aug 2, 2018 Angela Guinness
Aug 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 6, 2018 Renee McKenzie
Jul 2, 2018 Ryan McKenzie
Jun 25, 2018 Lisa Smith
Jun 23, 2018 Paul Grohman
Jun 20, 2018 Susan Vandenassem Diabetes has always seemed to me to be like a ticking time bomb, an everyday worry. God bless Mr. Damiano for his work. Please support his efforts; they could make all the difference for millions of people!
Jun 19, 2018 Brenda Thul
Jun 18, 2018 sherri hodges
Jun 18, 2018 carole storey
Jun 18, 2018 Stacey Cannon
Jun 18, 2018 Margit Steidl Diabetes Children need help to enable them to lead a normal life!
Jun 17, 2018 LINDA FANCHER
Jun 17, 2018 Robert Krone
Jun 17, 2018 Shawna Looney My son was just diagnosed with type 1 last month and we just heard about this pancreas. Exciting news for many.
Jun 17, 2018 Julie Wild
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 Deiostia Rhodes
Jun 16, 2018 Nancy Rooney
Jun 16, 2018 Krystina Boyle
Jun 16, 2018 Joan Christensen
Jun 16, 2018 Linda Leghart
Jun 16, 2018 Tanya Kenton
Jun 16, 2018 Carmen Grant
Jun 16, 2018 Cathy Saunders
Jun 16, 2018 LISA RICE
Jun 16, 2018 Felipe Menossi
Jun 16, 2018 Susan Evans
Jun 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 16, 2018 Marlisa James
Jun 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 16, 2018 Nellie Ortiz
Jun 16, 2018 Sherri Hodges
Jun 16, 2018 William Busi
Jun 16, 2018 Mariane Ruffner
Jun 16, 2018 Judith Busse
Jun 16, 2018 Samantha Herring
Jun 16, 2018 Joyce Stoffers
Jun 16, 2018 Jennifer Brandon
Jun 16, 2018 Marge Schwartz
Jun 16, 2018 Gary Herwig
Jun 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 16, 2018 Deirdre Gately

back to top

Hedgehog Love Socks
Share this page and help fund research: