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The Bionic Pancreas

May 21, 2015

A collaborative group from Boston University and Massachusetts General Hospital are working together to make automated blood glucose control a reality. Engineers from Boston University have developed a bionic pancreas system that uses continuous glucose monitoring along with subcutaneous delivery of both rapid-acting insulin (to lower blood glucose) and glucagon (to raise blood glucose) as directed by a computer algorithm. The bionic pancreas automatically makes a new decision about insulin and glucagon dosing every five minutes; that’s 288 decisions per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. Watch for more information coming from the ADA 75th Scientific Sessions June 7, 2015. See Item #1.