It has lasted about a decade and a half, but next year's time has come: the official introduction of an artificial pancreas for diabetics.
The device is intended for diabetic patients whose pancreas no longer produces insulin. This is the case with type 1 diabetes.
The artificial pancreas is completely clear, but still needs a certificate. If the final test phase proves positive, the invention of Sugar Patient Robin Koops will be released on the market in autumn 2019.
No more dot and spray
Koops started in 2003 with the development of the device that ensures that people with diabetes no longer need to puncture, measure, count and spray.
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In the next three to 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 positive result 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 starting in September 2019. In two to three years, there may be 1,500 on an annual basis," says Koops.
Helps many people
When he began to develop his invention fifteen years ago, he could not imagine that it would still have so many feet on earth. "You roll from one to the other, but you do not stop, you automatically take the next step and the beauty is that you can help many people."
The first version of the Koops invention consisted of two large cabinets. Then it became a device like a shoulder bag and now it's a small portable drawer that the patient can easily carry.
How does the device work?
Diabetes is a metabolic disease with too much glucose in the blood. Because glucose is a form of sugar, it is also called diabetes. Hormone insulin plays a key role in maintaining the amount of glucose in the blood and thus in diabetes. The pancreas releases insulin into the bloodstream. Thus, the blood sugar is regulated. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas no longer makes insulin.
The artificial pancreas connects a pump to a continuous glucose meter. It constantly measures what the sugar value is. He sends the pump to deliver the right amount of hormones, insulin and glucagon. Complications are greatly reduced because the values remain much more stable. "It's a big relief for the diabetes patient, because the box rules everything," says Robin Koops, inventor of the artificial pancreas.
The artificial pancreas costs 4500 euros.
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