It lasted about ten and a half years, but next year the time has come: the official introduction of an artificial páncreas for diabetics.
The device is intended for diabetic patients whose pancreas no longer produces insulin. That is the case with type 1 diabetes.
The artificial pancreas is completely finished, but a certificate is still required. If the final test phase is positive, the invention of the patient of sugar Robin Koops will be put on the market in the fall of 2019.
No more punctures and spraying
Koops began in 2003 with the development of the device that ensures that people with diabetes no longer need to drill, measure, count and spray.
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During the next three or four months, the artificial pancreas will be tested in 36 patients. The test is intended to check if the device is safe enough for the patient.
As soon as the result (positive) is known, Inreda Diabetic will increase production in Goor. Inreda Diabetic is the company Koops founded to develop and produce its invention
"We want to start helping 50 patients a year from September 2019. In two to three years, this could be 1,500 annually," says Koops.
Helping a lot of people
When he began to develop his invention fifteen years ago, he could not imagine that he would still have many feet on earth. "Wheels from one to the other, but do not stop, you will automatically take the next step and the beauty is that you can help a lot of people."
Koops's first version of the invention consisted of two large closets. So it has become a device of the size of a shoulder bag and now it is a small portable box that the patient can easily carry with him.
How does the device work?
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder with lots of blood glucose. Because glucose is a form of sugar, it is also called diabetes. Insulin hormone plays a key role in maintaining the amount of glucose in the blood and, therefore, in diabetes. The pancreas releases insulin in the blood. With that, the blood sugar is regulated. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas is no longer insulin.
The artificial pancreas combines a pump to a continuous glucose meter. Constantly measure the value of sugar. He sends the pump to deliver the right amount of hormones, insulin and glucagon. The complications diminish dramatically because the values remain much more stable. "It's a huge relief for the patient of sugar, because the box regulates everything," says Robin Koops, the inventor of the artificial pancreas.
The artificial pancreas will cost 4500 euros.
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