London therapeutic device gives hope to those with Type 1 diabetes

They’re called therapeutic cell pouches, created at Sernova Corp. in London, to treat Type 1 diabetes.

“We are really trying to bring the person with diabetes back to the original situation of when they didn’t have diabetes and that’s goal of cell therapy,” says Dr. Philip Toleikis, President and CEO of Sernova.

The therapeutic cell pouch is around the size of a business card, and once placed inside the patient mimics the function of the pancreas.

“We are using the cell pouch itself to develop into an organ-like environment and after we place the cell pouch under the skin several weeks later we have beautiful vascularized tissue lined chambers in which we can put the therapeutic cells,” he says.

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