It took about a decade and a half, but next year it was time: the official introduction of artificial pancreas to diabetics.
The device is intended for diabetic patients whose pancreas no longer produces insulin. This is the case with type 1 diabetes.
The artificial pancreas ends completely, but still needs a certificate. If the final test step becomes positive, the invention of the sugar patient Robin Koops will put on the market in the fall of 2019.
No more knocking and spraying
Koops started in 2003 with the development of the device which ensures that people with diabetes no longer have to puncture, measure, count and spray.
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Over the next three to four months, the artificial pancreas will be examined in 36 patients. The test should check if the device is safe enough for the patient.
Once the outcome (positive) is known, Inreda diabetes will increase production in the pup. Inreda Diabetic is a company that Koops was founded to develop and invent the invention
"We want to start helping 50 patients a year starting in September 2019. Within two to three years, it could be 1,500 on an annual basis," says Koops.
Help many people
When he began developing his invention fifteen years ago, he could not have imagined that she had so many feet in the ground. "You roll from one to the other, but you do not stop, you automatically take the next step, and the beauty is that you can help a lot of people."
The first version of the invention of the Koops consisted of two large cabinets. Then it has become a device the size of a shoulder bag and now it is a small portable box that the patient can easily carry with him.
How does the device work?
Diabetes is a metabolic disease with too much blood glucose. Because glucose is a type of sugar, it is also called diabetes. Insulin The hormone plays a key role in maintaining the amount of blood glucose, and therefore in diabetes. The pancreas releases insulin into the blood. However, blood sugar is regulated. Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas no longer makes insulin.
The artificial pancreas paired a pump with a continuous dose of glucose. It constantly measures what the sugar value. It sends the pump to provide the correct amount of hormones, insulin and glucagon. The complications go down sharply because the values remain much more stable. "This is a tremendous relief for the sugar patient, because the box regulates everything," says Robin Kops, inventor of artificial pancreas.
The artificial pancreas will cost 4,500 euros.
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