Islet cell encapsulation system implanted into person with type 1 diabetes

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The first successful islet cell encapsulation therapy has been implanted into a person with type 1 diabetes. ViaCyte, the partner company of JDRF, a leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes, is currently developing their VC-01 device, which is designed to treat type 1 diabetes.

VC-01 contains thousands of immature human islet cells derived from stem cells in a capsule. These cells then mature into insulin-producing cells once implanted inside the body. This transplantation is exciting as the cells are kept safe from the immune system, which normally destroys insulin-producing cells in people with type 1 diabetes.

This system from ViaCyte could subsequently allow people with type 1 diabetes to produce their own insulin automatically when responding to changing glucose levels.

VC-01 is currently being trialled at the University of California, with the primary goal to evaluate its safety on people who have had type 1 diabetes for at least three years. The people in the study will be closely monitored over the next two years, in which they will otherwise go about their daily lives as normal. Making them insulin independent is not the initial aim, but after an evaluation, it is expected that additional locations and trials will be activated from early 2015.

“Treating the first patient with our stem cell-derived islet replacement product candidate is an exciting next step in our quest to transform the way patients with type 1 diabetes are impacted by the condition,” said Dr. Paul Laikind, President and CEO of ViaCyte.

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Diabetes Insight is Ireland’s only private independent advisory service and education centre dedicated and specializing solely in Diabetes Self Management Education (DSME). Its aim is to make a difference in the lives of those living daily with diabetes by providing quality education, advice, support and resources in a clear, simple, practical easy to understand manner without fear of judgement or blame. We respect and see each person with diabetes as an individual, with individual needs, so all our services are tailored to your specific needs. 

All our services are designed and facilitated by Helena Farrell RGN, MSc Diabetes who has over 15 years experience working and studying in diabetes management. These services are unique, from cookery courses to one day courses and are not to be found in any other health service or provider within the Republic of Ireland. 

Contact us today to see how we can help you and make a difference to you living with diabetes by ringing Helena on (086) 1739287 &/or email hfarrell77@gmail.com. With services starting from as little as 20 euros, there is something to cater for every budget and need.