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Team Type 1 Takes First Place Finish in Race Across America
Date:6/26/2009

The OmniPod(R) Insulin Management System Lets Cyclists Focus on Winning in Record Setting Time

ANNAPOLIS, Md., June 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, Team Type 1 concluded the 28th Annual Race Across America in record-breaking time, finishing first-place in the 8-person team category division. In this 3,000 mile transcontinental cycling competition beginning in Oceanside, CA and ending in Annapolis, MD, Team Type 1 members were put to the ultimate athletic test enduring extreme desert temperatures, wind, the threat of thunderstorms, and rough terrain, all while having to constantly manage their diabetes.

"We are so proud that our team was able to break another Race Across America record and finish in first place," said Joe Eldridge, co-founder of Team Type 1. "Our team's mission is to show people with diabetes that they can accomplish anything if they work hard to control their disease. We hope our team's performance inspires other people to manage their diabetes so they can achieve their own goals."

Team Type 1 was created in 2004 by Phil Southerland and Joe Eldridge, a pair of avid cyclists with Type 1 diabetes. In 2006 and 2007, the pair captained Team Type 1 to back-to-back victories in the eight-person team division of the Race Across America (RAAM).

In this year's race, six of the eight team members were able to compete vigorously and control their glucose levels with the OmniPod(R) Insulin Management System: Jeff Bannink, Beaverton, Ore.; Alex Bowden, St. Charles, Mo.; Matt Brooks, Pickerington, Ohio; Lonny Knabe, Portland, Ore.; Bob Schrank, Gurnee, Ill.; Mark Suprenant, Milford, N.H.

"The revolutionary technology of the OmniPod let us focus on competing," commented Mark Suprenant, one of the winning TT1 RAAM cyclists. "OmniPod stood up to all the challenging conditions we faced from California to Maryland and enabled us to deliver our best performance ever."

The OmniPod System consists of two wireless components: the Pod -- a compact, lightweight, self-adhesive insulin delivery device that is worn discreetly on the skin beneath clothing; and the Personal Diabetes Manager -- a wireless, menu-driven, hand-held device that programs the Pod.

"We congratulate Team Type 1 on yet another inspiring achievement," commented Duane DeSisto, President and Chief Executive Office of Insulet, manufacturer of the OmniPod System. "These elite athletes embody our mission to make diabetes a smaller part of life."

About the OmniPod Insulin Management System

The OmniPod Insulin Management System is the world's only tubing-free insulin pump. OmniPod offers people living with insulin-requiring diabetes all the benefits of insulin pump therapy, with unprecedented freedom, comfort and ease. OmniPod has just two components: the small, discreet, watertight Pod, worn almost anywhere on the body to hold and deliver insulin; and the PDM (Personal Diabetes Manager), a hand-held device that communicates wirelessly to program the Pod, calculates suggested doses and has a built-in FreeStyle(R) blood glucose meter.

About Team Type 1 RAAM

The Team Type 1 Elite/Developmental team formed out of the desire to showcase diabetic cyclists during one of the toughest races in the world -- the Race Across America (RAAM). As the cycling season progresses, the 14-member team of elite diabetic cyclists grows better and better, with the younger team members learning the ropes semi-professional cycling, while the more experienced riders are groomed for the biggest race of all, the RAAM. Seated at the top-rung of ultra-endurance competitions, the 3000-mile RAAM is 30% longer than the Tour de France; yet it is finished in less than one-third of the time! The 2007 Team Type 1 RAAM team finished first in the 8-person division and set a new world record.

About Race Across America

The Race Across America is one of the most respected and longest running annual endurance events holding legendary stature the world over. It is one of the pinnacles of sporting accomplishment, globally seen as the highest rung of the ultra-endurance sports ladder. Since 1982, RAAM has a rich and storied history standing as a monument to human endeavors. The Race Across America is an event so staggering that merely to finish is, for most, the accomplishment of a lifetime. RAAM inspires everyone that it touches. A monumental race contested with the utmost of sportsmanship and zeal. Truly, RAAM is larger than life. A breeding ground for champions, a testing ground for elite riders and a shining example of the strength of human spirit.

About Insulet Corporation

Insulet Corporation (Nasdaq: PODD) is an innovative medical device company dedicated to improving the lives of people with diabetes. The Company's OmniPod Insulin Management System is a revolutionary, discreet and easy-to-use insulin infusion system that features two easy-to-use parts with no tubing and fully-automated cannula insertion. Through the OmniPod System, Insulet seeks to expand the use of insulin pump therapy among people with insulin-dependent diabetes. Founded in 2000, Insulet is based in Bedford, MA.

    Media Contact:
    Erich Sandoval, Lazar Partners for Insulet Corporation
    Tel. +1-917-497-2867
    E-mail: esandoval@lazarpartners.com


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