The makers of a unique artificial pancreas have been awarded the title of British Inventor of the Year award at the Gadget Show Live.
The artificial pancreas works in a unique way as it uses a polymeric gel which responds directly to changes in glucose levels by releasing greater or smaller amounts of insulin.
The insulin is delivered into the peritoneum, which allows the insulin to work on reducing blood glucose quicker than insulin that is delivered into the fat under the skin, as is the case with injections and insulin pumps.
The artificial pancreas has been developed by Professor Joan Taylor of De Montfort University with Bruce Renfrew and Mike Phillips of the Renfrew Group. Speaking about the technology, Prof Taylor said: “This incredible device will not only remove the need to manually inject insulin, but will also ensure that perfect doses are administrated each and every time. By controlling blood glucose so effectively, we should be able to help reduce related health problems.”
The artificial pancreas is a great piece of British design and engineering and is due to soon start clinical trials to test the product. You can see the clinical trials at the Gadget Show Live until Sunday 13 April at the NEC Birmingham.

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