SFC Fluidics, Inc. Announces Partnership with JDRF to Develop Pod Device for Automated Insulin Delivery

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SFC Fluidics reports JDRF will provide funding to SFC for the development of a single pod Automated Insulin Delivery (AID) device and thus, expand future therapy options for people with T1D. JDRF launched its Artificial Pancreas Project in 2006 to accelerate the development of commercially available closed-loop systems. Since then, significant progress has been made and several automated insulin delivery systems have progressed to human clinical trials, with one currently on the market.

While there are several products in development, surveys indicate the size and form factor of these systems play a major role in their adoption. This factor is especially compounded in children, where skin “real estate” is at a premium. One of JDRF’s goals is to reduce the daily burden for people with diabetes while improving their overall health.

Insulin-dependent diabetes impacts more than six million Americans, the vast majority of whom are not reaching clinical targets for optimal glucose levels. Insulin is a life-saving drug but needs to be dosed accurately and safely to avoid serious adverse events.

The two-year funding commitment from JDRF allows SFC to pursue the development of a next-generation AID system that reduces the on-body burden by integrating all components into one disposable, miniaturized device that delivers insulin.

The foundation of SFC’s insulin delivery technology, covered by several issued and applied-for patents, is inherently small in size and has the potential to deliver highly accurate doses of insulin. SFC will integrate a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) and an algorithm into a single pod that can be disposed of every three days.

Anthony Cruz, CEO of SFC Fluidics notes, “There has been tremendous progress in the development of CGM devices and closed loop algorithms. However, the integration of a pump, a CGM and an algorithm into a single, convenient pod that reduces the on-body burden for the patient has not been successfully addressed. We believe SFC’s unique pumping technology allows for an integrated AID system that will offer people with T1D an improved lifestyle.”  He added, “With our partnership with JDRF, we will bring new and innovative solutions to the diabetes community.”

Jaime Giraldo, JDRF Program Scientist, Research commented: ”We are proud to be supporting SFC as part of our effort to advance the development of next-generation automated insulin delivery systems, to offer greater choice to people with T1D, and to lessen the burden of living with this disease while we search for a cure.”  Giraldo concluded, “By funding the development of miniaturized devices that are easier to wear and include algorithms for automation, it is our goal to make diabetes therapies less intrusive for those who must use them daily to live.”