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Monday, March 16 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Bionic Pancreas: Getting Closer

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Insulin-dependent diabetics live daily with a pancreas that is not functioning properly. A healthy pancreas secretes both insulin to counter high blood sugar and glucagon to counter low blood sugar. In people with type 1 diabetes, this natural control system is broken. The standard of care to date has been the injection of insulin to manage high blood sugar and the ingestion of carbohydrates to manage low blood sugar. This is akin to managing the temperature in your house with a space heater to add heat and opening the windows to cool things off. It works, but not very well. This session will discuss the industry and academic partnerships underway to create a bionic pancreas which combines novel medical devices and formulations of insulin and glucagon to mimic the function of the pancreas outside the body. Recent studies have demonstrated the power of automated glucose control and the peace of mind it can create for those who live with the daily burden of diabetes.

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Edward Damiano

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Boston University
Dr. Edward Damiano is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University. His lab is engaged in basic scientific research that combines mathematical modeling, computational analysis, and experimental investigations across length scales ranging from macromolecular... Read More →

Steven Russell

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
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Yash Sabharwal

Chief Operating Officer, Xeris Pharmaceuticals Inc
Yash Sabharwal has over 15 years of experience in the operation and financing of early-stage technology companies. After graduating with his Ph.D., he co-founded Optical Insights, LLC, a company which developed and commercialized imaging platforms for fluorescence microscopy, high-throughput... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 201-202

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