Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ: PODD), the leader in tubeless insulin pump technology with its OmniPod® Insulin Management System (OmniPod System), today announced a license agreement and partnership with Mode AGC (Automated Glucose Control LLC), to develop and incorporate the advanced artificial pancreas algorithm created by renowned researchers Francis Doyle PhD, Eyal Dassau PhD, and Howard Zisser MD. This alliance marks a significant step forward in Insulet's mission to improve the quality of life for individuals with insulin-dependent diabetes. Insulet's artificial pancreas system will use the innovative and differentiated OmniPod platform, the latest DexCom Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) technology and the algorithm licensed from Mode AGC.
The algorithm was created by Drs. Doyle, Dassau and Zisser during their tenure at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and further developed by Mode AGC, a California-based early-stage medical device company founded by prominent diabetes technology specialist Thomas Peyser PhD and diabetes advocate and entrepreneur Jennifer Schneider MD. Over the last several months, Insulet has worked with Mode AGC and the inventors to optimize the performance of the algorithm for incorporation into a commercial product. Coupled with the unique tubeless OmniPod platform, this system will be poised to deliver not only improved clinical outcomes, but the greatly desired improvement in quality of life for those living with insulin-dependent diabetes.
"Insulet continues to make substantial progress toward incorporating advanced artificial pancreas functionality into the future-generation of OmniPod," said Patrick Sullivan, Insulet President and Chief Executive Officer. "The additional expertise the algorithm inventors bring to Insulet is exceptional, as is the clinical superiority of the algorithm. We are excited to integrate the algorithm into our OmniPod System and to deliver a seamless user experience."
Dr. Howard Zisser, Medical Director of Insulet, worked with Professor Doyle and his colleagues for over a decade conducting clinical studies at the Sansum Diabetes Research Institute in Santa Barbara, California, as part of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Artificial Pancreas Project.
"I have had the privilege of working closely with Frank Doyle and his colleagues for many years," said Dr. Zisser. "The Doyle Group is unquestionably one of the leading Artificial Pancreas algorithm groups in the world. I look forward to continued collaboration with Frank and Mode AGC on developing Insulet's OmniPod Artificial Pancreas system."
Insulet's clinical feasibility study involving the algorithm and prototype of its future-generation OmniPod is underway. The Company expects to begin on-body clinical trials later this year.