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JDRF and BD Collaborate to Develop More Accurate and Reliable Glucose Monitoring Devices for People with Type 1 Diabetes
Date:6/7/2012

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. and NEW YORK, June 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- JDRF and BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX) today announced an extension of their existing collaboration focused on Type 1 diabetes (T1D) to accelerate the development of BD's proprietary glucose-sensing technology which has shown promise in providing very accurate and reliable continuous glucose information. 

JDRF and The Helmsley Charitable Trust (HCT) joined forces to support novel technologies that will be essential for developing fully automated artificial pancreas systems with advanced monitoring capabilities. The research expansion is part of the JDRF-HCT Sensor Initiative designed to accelerate the development of advanced sensors that improve the detection of changing glucose levels. Today's continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices have significantly improved glucose control in people with T1D[1]. Next-generation sensors are expected to provide improved accuracy and reliability, with a goal of striving for more automated artificial pancreas systems.

T1D is an autoimmune disease in which the body's pancreas stops producing enough insulin, a hormone needed to turn food into energy. People with T1D must test their blood glucose levels either by sticking their fingers for blood or with the aid of a CGM, calculating the insulin needed, and administering accurate insulin doses via injections or an insulin pump multiple times throughout the day.  

"Providing more accurate glucose monitoring and improving insulin delivery are vital to helping people manage their diabetes," said Linda Tharby, President, BD Medical - Diabetes Care. "Combined with our existing JDRF collaboration to develop microneedle insulin infusion, this latest collaboration with JDRF and The Helmsley Charitable Trust demonstrates the parties' commitment to further improving the patient exp
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