The Risky Bet Behind the First ‘Artificial Pancreas’ for Diabetes Patients

October 4, 2016

(STAT News) – Twelve years ago, a dotcom millionaire stood at a patient advocacy group’s board meeting and made an offer. I’ll give you $1 million, he said. But only if you commit to getting an artificial pancreas on the market. That challenge set JDRF, formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, on a costly, and risky, campaign to enlist academic researchers, global companies, members of Congress, and even federal regulators to embrace the concept of a device that could take over much of the process of regulating blood sugar in patients with diabetes.

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