Did you know that the FDA posted guidelines to companies about safety and effective goals for an artificial pancreas system? It was posted on Dec 1, 2011. If you have no idea what an artificial pancreas is for, it would help type 1 diabetics regulate their blood sugar. There are already insulin pumps, and there are also continuous glucose monitors. An artificial pancreas would combine them both, and the machine would make decisions on when to give insulin and when to suspend insulin, instead of the person needing to have to.
This guideline shows that the FDA must think that this device isn’t too far away — and this would allow expedited approval. Hurrah!
The JDRF was encouraged by the draft, and hopes it is as good as it looks.
FDAs guidelines are here: FDA Guidelines draft