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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: 33,979
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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.

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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.

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Apr 18, 2018 Desiree Thatcher Been a Type 1 diabetic since I was 3 years old. Would love to see this.
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Apr 13, 2018 N. Diane Simpson I have had Type I Diabetes since 1963, about the time of my 12th birthday. I would LOVE to see an option like the bionic pancreas!!!!
Apr 7, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 6, 2018 Francisco Villarreal
Mar 24, 2018 Cristina daCruz
Mar 11, 2018 robert dowling
Mar 10, 2018 (Name not displayed) As a Type 1 diabetic, this device sounds like a dream come true. I hope that it will be available during my lifetime.
Mar 10, 2018 Catherine Cusumano Please work on this device for people with type 2diabetes I have type 2 and use 2 different insulin everyday one of them I have to inject 4 times before meals a day
Mar 2, 2018 Jess Jude
Feb 28, 2018 Kristen Bacon
Feb 28, 2018 (Name not displayed) I would love to get rid of my glucose finger sticker and my 4/5 injections per day. I have had type 1 diabetes 46 years.
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Feb 9, 2018 Kris Wildman
Feb 9, 2018 Nicole Blakley my husband is dying at age 42 of End Stage Type II Diabetes. Something must be done!
Feb 8, 2018 Debra Bolog
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