In the race to get type 1 patients off insulin, focus turns to cell transplants and insulin-producing stem cells
When Sernova announced in June that five patients with type 1 diabetes with severe hyperglycemia and a complete inability to produce insulin were able to come off of insulin after receiving its cell transplant therapy, it was the latest example of promising science in the type 1 category.
Sernova’s treatment takes islets — the pancreatic cell group that includes beta cells, which are responsible for making insulin — from a donor and delivers them via what the biotech calls a “cell pouch,” a porous and flexible device about the size of a credit card that is loaded with islet cells and implanted under the skin against the abdomen.
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