I've always been intrigued by the concept of a truly "artificial pancreas." Someday, we will have a truly closed-loop system that will regulate blood glucose levels in patients who have diabetes. Those who have type 1 diabetes are the ones who will benefit the most.
Well, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF) recently announced an interesting project:
JDRF in Groundbreaking Partnership with Animas to Develop
First-Generation Artificial Pancreas System
Several medical device companies have been working on the concept of a truly closed-loop system and it's great to see that the JDRF will be partnering with J&J (Animas Corporation) to develop an innovative system. You can read more about this by clicking here.
Sometimes, I wish I could go back in time so that I could pursue a career in biomedical engineering and medical devices. I have a passion for medical technology and when I studied engineering at MIT, I really thought that I would be working on implantable medical devices in humans.