It lasted for about a decade and a half, but next year the time has come: an official introduction of artificial pancreas for diabetics.
The device has intended for diabetic patients whose pancreas now produces insulin. That is with type 1 diabetes.
The artificial pancreas has finished completely, but it needs a certificate. If the final probationary period appears positive, the invention of a diabetes will be placed on the market in autumn 2019.
No more mocking and spraying
Koops started in 2003 with the development of the device that ensures that people with diabetes do not have to remove, measure, count and spray any more.
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Over 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 result is known (positive), Inreda Diabetic will increase the production in the Goor. Inside Diabetic is the company that founded Koops to develop and produce its device
"We want to start helping 50 patients a year starting in September 2019. In two or three years, that could be 1,500 annually," says Koops.
Helping a lot of people
When he started to develop his invention fifteen years ago, he could not have imagined that he would still have so many feet in the ground. "You roll one from another, but you do not stop, you'll automatically take the next step, and the beauty you can you help a lot of people. "
The first version of the Koops device consisted of two large cabinets. Then he became a shoulder bag size device and now has a small portable box that the patient can easily carry.
How does the device work?
Diabetes with too much blood glucose is a metabolic disease. Because glucose is sugar, it is also known as diabetes. Insulin hormone plays a key role in maintaining the amount of blood glucose, and so in diabetes. The pancreas releases blood insulin. With that, blood sugar is regulated. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas now makes insulin.
The artificial pancreas couples are a pump for a continuous glucose meter. It is constantly measuring the value of sugar. He sends the pump to provide the correct amount of hormones, insulin and glucagon. Complications have fallen sharply because the values are much more stable. "There is a great relief for the diabetic patient, because the box regulates everything," said Robin Koops, an artificial pancreas inventor.
The artificial pancreas will cost € 4500.
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