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Diabetes Watch Blog: New Generation Of Insulin Pumps From Starbridge

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Nov 20, 2005

New Generation Of Insulin Pumps From Starbridge

New Generation Of Insulin Pumps From Starbridge
Starbridge Systems has signed an agreement with Medical House Products Ltd, a subsidiary of The Medical House plc. the drug delivery and orthopaedic devices company. The two companies have agreed to collaborate in the development and commercialisation of Starbridge Systems' STARLET insulin delivery product for patients with diabetes. The terms of the agreement also provides TMH with exclusive, worldwide marketing and distribution rights for the product once the appropriate regulatory approvals have been achieved.

STARLET represents a new generation of insulin pump. The product can be worn discreetly as a patch directly on the skin of a patient and will be used to provide 24 hour control of insulin delivery to people with insulin-dependent diabetes. This product is a smaller, lighter and cost-effective alternative to current insulin pump products, whilst providing the same high level of diabetes control.

The annual worldwide market for conventional insulin pump products is approximately £1.5 billion. There are an estimated 400,000 insulin pump users and their number is growing by 12 - 14% per annum. In the UK the number of insulin pump users has seen a dramatic increase with the release of new guidance in 2003 from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommending the funding of insulin pump therapy by the National Health Service.

David Urquhart, Managing Director, Medical House Products Limited, said: "STARLET represents an exciting opportunity for us to further expand our product portfolio, whilst re-affirming our commitment to the development of new technologies that assist in the safe and convenient delivery of injectable medications. STARLET will compliment our existing range of drug delivery systems and provide a further alternative to those patients who must inject insulin each day."


JoAnn      Return to Diabetes Blog Main


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