A Hammer on Diabetics: A stem-cell cure major initiative on diabetes

Updated: Nov 1, 2019

Recently I wrote an article about, Healthcare 4.0 is not a myth anymore and it's happening now. There are 12 technology and Innovations are going to reshape the healthcare on 2020. Though my this article series I will give you a good understanding of each of this technology innovations and why they are reshape the healthcare on 2020. Let's call this series care2020 (#care2020) and this is the part 2. Previous was one was - The biggest Big Data to transform the healthcare model by Christine Lemke !

Most of us already know how bad a disease like a diabetic is. It's almost like putting a person in prison and set a close boxed life and also works as a slow poison to dramatically impact all the organs, disable them over the years. This is one of the key reason I hated this disease so much so even reduced my 25 kilos of weight to get back to a proper shap. But did we ask ourselves this questions?

How many people are suffering in diabetes on world?

According to WHO the number is 422 million people. Like another 1.25 million american people this got Harvard biologist Doug Melton’s attention. His daughter Emma and son Sam are suffering for this. As most of us already know diabetes treatment is a lifetime of careful eating, painful insulin injections and multiple daily blood-glucose tests.

Melton was looking for a solution and found a different approach: using stem cells to create replacement beta cells that produce insulin. He started the work over 10 years ago, when stem-cell research was raising hopes and controversy.

In 2014 he co-founded Semma Therapeutics—the name is derived from Sam and Emma—to develop the technology, and this summer it was acquired by Vertex Pharmaceuticals for $950 million.

The company has created a small, implantable device that holds millions of replacement beta cells, letting glucose and insulin through but keeping immune cells out.

“If it works in people as well as it does in animals, it’s possible that people will not be diabetic,”

Melton says.

“They will eat and drink and play like those of us who are not.”

We can see a hammer on diabetes is coming soon.

The next article is on 3nd technology and innovation, will reshape the healthcare in 2020 - Global Bio Bank 4.0


John Masud Parvez

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