7 companies in the race to make an artificial pancreas


artificial pancreas diabetes

Over 50 years ago, scientists discovered the ability to externally control blood glucose regulation for individuals with type 1 diabetes. Since then, researchers in the field of diabetes management have dreamt of creating a closed-loop system – a combined glucose sensor, control algorithm and insulin infusion device – to effectively act as an “artificial pancreas” for people with diabetes.

Today, we can see technology approaching that apex: Major players in medtech have tossed their hats in the ring, and studies are underway worldwide as developers aim to be the 1st to provide a fully functioning artificial pancreas to people suffering from diabetes.

Medtronic is leading the pack with its MiniMed 670G, which was the 1st hybrid closed-loop system to win FDA approval, but close behind is Bigfoot Biomedical, led by homebrew artificial pancreas developer Bryan Mazlish. And there are other companies that could give Medtronic and Bigfoot a run for their money, too.

Here are 7 major medtech players looking to revolutionize diabetes treatment with their own closed-loop artificial pancreas systems.


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  1. Gayle Kirma says:

    I’m patiently waiting for this to hit the marke; T1 for 58 years!

    Thank you!

  2. James Dunlop says:

    but what about the advancements in this? worth looking at, it is being investigated by the same people that are investing in this product. hope for us T1 diabetics is coming, one way or another. there is hope.


  3. Erika Payne says:

    Hats off to you, Gayle.

    Waiting impatiently.

    Mum of a 10-year-old T1

  4. How do i get to be in the trial?

  5. Ronnie McBride says:

    This will be great. I am 67 years old and am fighting the battle of diabetes. I would love to trial test something like this. I worked in the Medical field for 39 years and was always studying how to beat this terrible disease.

    Ronnie McBride

  6. James Culp says:

    I wish all success. I hope for biological approach to protect islet insulin producing cells for implant or infusion of cells to restore natural function of glucose metabolism. May God help us.

  7. Pat McAlister says:

    T1D for 70 years. Why not a cure instead of costing us more and more to live. We are the support of these drug and device companies. Thank you for this article. I do a diabetic newsletter for a T1D optimist club. Our next speaker is building his own device.

    • Chris Newmarker says:

      Thanks for the insights, Pat. I think it really says something about the motivation of the diabetes community that there’s so much do-it-yourself activity going on with devices, including when it comes to an artificial pancreas. Who do you have speaking?

  8. Frank van Olffen says:

    You forgetting a big player in the Netherlands.


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