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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.
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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.

Petition Signatures

Nov 16, 2017 Jonathan Doyle Would love to get this ball rolling, Anything to help myself and others with type 1 make life a little easier.
Nov 15, 2017 margaret petangelo
Nov 15, 2017 Valerie Craig Would love to have something like this fopeople like us could control everything!
Nov 12, 2017 Lydia Lafferty
Nov 5, 2017 Kathy Sparrow
Nov 4, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please make this a top prioity
Nov 1, 2017 penni Herrick
Oct 27, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 18, 2017 Marsha Arnold Looks promising! The FDA should make this a high priority! This would elimate the highs and lows that affect us on a daily basis! It takes the burden off the diabetic which no one at this point has done! Let’s do this and do it now!!
Oct 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 18, 2017 NAThan Lamon
Oct 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 10, 2017 SANDRA VITO
Oct 8, 2017 Ashley LaFleur Type 1 diabetic since 1992
Sep 26, 2017 Àlex Rourera Zaragoza
Sep 26, 2017 Helga Blackthorne
Sep 26, 2017 Joanne A DeRose-Scheiner amazing that this is now possible .Let's work on this for all those in need of this amazing Bionic Pancreas
Sep 26, 2017 Althea Bakakos I have to wonder if this had been available that maybe my husband would be alive today. This is such an important discovery and God speed to making it a norm for people with diabetes
Sep 26, 2017 Audrey Martin What an exciting prospect! Please continue with this!
Sep 26, 2017 Donna Campbell Please make this a priority.
Sep 26, 2017 mary ann kahler I think this great. We need more.
Sep 26, 2017 NANCY FALCO As a Type I diabetic for over 45 yrs, this would be a HUGE quality of life difference. Please approve!
Sep 26, 2017 Evelyn Leo
Sep 26, 2017 tony pallini
Sep 26, 2017 Rita Zang Please make this a top prioity, it will change the lives of so many people. Thank You.
Sep 26, 2017 C.J. COOK
Sep 26, 2017 Jeanne Rose Please help fight this insidious disease.
Sep 26, 2017 Christine stead
Sep 23, 2017 Jeffrey Eyges
Sep 20, 2017 Tracy Harper Please help us with diabetes get something done for us..Diabetes is a horrible disease.. I'm a Type 1 diabetic, with an insulin pump
Sep 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 10, 2017 Heather Streweler
Sep 7, 2017 Julia Russo
Sep 3, 2017 Susan Newsome
Sep 1, 2017 mindy abraham Please allow kids a chance at a normal life.
Aug 30, 2017 Linda Barber
Aug 26, 2017 Catherine ONeal
Aug 26, 2017 Kristy Crutcher
Aug 24, 2017 Gil Hackel
Aug 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2017 Susan Armistead, M.D.
Aug 14, 2017 ROBERT ALTOM
Aug 7, 2017 Jose Cuellar These kids need help now,please give them a better tomorrow. I to am type 2
Aug 7, 2017 Kristen Cariglia
Aug 6, 2017 Mamie Holst
Jul 29, 2017 Lesley Berry
Jul 23, 2017 Kathy Corbin
Jul 23, 2017 Erika Perez Please approve I've been a diabetic since the age of I'm 29 and everyday is a new challenge

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