ADA 2014: Diabetes Players Move Closer To An Artificial Pancreas
The quest to bring an artificial pancreas to market has taken some giant steps forward recently, as major players continue to produce impressive data from clinical studies that measure the use of various insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), and algorithms. Improvements in CGM sensor technology have helped move AP research, and competition is proving to be a driving force on the road to producing a commercial product that could be within two or three years from reaching the market.
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The focus of the diabetes market is firmly on the development of an artificial pancreas, now within two or three years from becoming commercialized, and progress is going so well that several companies are in line to release a product. Meanwhile, digital health is increasingly playing a major role in diabetes care, and device manufacturers are investing in connectivity solutions to satisfy patient and consumer needs.
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