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At the Diabetes Research Institute, our vision is a world without diabetes.
That’s why we have one focus: the cure.
For millions of children and adults living with diabetes today, a cure would mean:
The ability to restore natural insulin production and normalize blood sugar levels without imposing other risks.
We already have a cell‐based therapy that “works.” The DRI and collaborators worldwide have demonstrated that, by transplanting insulin-producing “islet” cells, we can restore natural insulin production in patients involved in clinical trials.
These patients have achieved insulin independence, experienced normalized blood sugar levels and been freed from frightening hypoglycemic episodes. Some have lived insulin free for more than a decade.
Now, we are building on this extraordinary progress. The DRI is creating a BioHub, a “mini organ” that mimics the native pancreas, containing thousands of insulin‐producing cells that sense blood sugar levels and release the precise amount of insulin needed – in real time.
We invite you to learn more about the BioHub – how it will lead us over the remaining hurdles, and to the biological cure.
The DRI BioHub – View the video and learn about the steps we are taking to reach a biological cure.
Cell Supply – Developing an unlimited supply of insulin-producing cells to place in a BioHub
Creating an Optimal Environment – How a BioHub will mimic the native pancreas, and where in the body it will go
Immune System – Using a BioHub to help the body accept insulin-producing cells