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JDRF and the Helmsley Charitable Trust Form a Collaboration to Accelerate Innovative Type 1 Diabetes Research and Development
Date:11/2/2011

NEW YORK, Nov. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- JDRF and The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, two of the largest non-government funders of type 1 diabetes (T1D) programs, announced today that they have formalized a collaboration that will foster a new level of cooperation between the organizations. The goal of the collaboration is to accelerate the pace of research and development to deliver better treatments, devices, and diagnostics for improving the lives of people with T1D. The first two co-funded grants as part of the collaboration were also announced today.

"JDRF and the Helmsley Charitable Trust developed a close working relationship around type 1 diabetes projects over the past several years, highlighting our common commitment to this disease," says Jeffrey Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer of JDRF. "This new collaboration strengthens our existing relationship through information sharing, streamlining, and integrating funding strategies and combining resources in those areas of type 1 diabetes where we have identified strong shared interests."

"Since 2007, the Helmsley Charitable Trust has provided $14 million to support JDRF projects for type 1 diabetes research and development," says David Panzirer, Helmsley Charitable Trust Trustee. "The new level of cooperation between our organizations will allow us to work more efficiently in areas of mutual interest.  By collaborating more closely, we will be able to leverage our resources and have a greater impact in fueling innovative results that improve the lives of people living with type 1 diabetes."

The first project to be supported by the new JDRF-Helmsley Charitable Trust collaboration is the T1D Clinical Development Research Roadmap. This program will generate a comprehensive and objective strategic plan to serve as a framework for funding decisions of clinical research involving patients with established T1D. The plan will be based on a comprehens
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