Live interview with John Mastrototaro: Road to the Artificial Pancreas

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Live interview with John Mastrototaro: Road to the Artificial Pancreas

Time: March 8, 2013 from 1pm to 2pm
Location: TuDiabetes homepage
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Event Type: live interview
Organized By: Emily Coles
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Vice President of Research and Development

John J. Mastrototaro, Ph.D. is Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Research, Technology and Business Development at Medtronic Diabetes.  Prior to this position, he was Vice President of Global Clinical, Scientific & Health Affairs, where he was responsible for global clinical research, clinical outcomes management, closed-loop and algorithm development initiatives, and health policy programs.  

John is an internationally renowned expert in diabetes technology and has authored dozens of publications in peer reviewed journals on original clinical research and consensus reports.  He is an invited guest lecturer at both domestic and international professional diabetes meetings.  In 2003 John received the Bakken Award from Medtronic Inc. for his scientific & research contributions in the field of diabetes. 

Prior to joining Medtronic, John was a technical project manager for Eli Lilly and Company focusing on the development of an electroenzymatic glucose sensor.   He received his Masters and Ph.D degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.  His Doctoral Dissertation was entitled “Thin-Film Multielectrode Arrays for Voltage Measurements in the Heart.”  John holds 43 US patents.

John will NOT be taking questions during the event, so please post your questions for him in the comments section below by the morning of Wednesday, March 6th!  Here are some examples of the kinds of questions he can answer:

  • Will redundant sensing be needed to develop an artificial pancreas?
  • Will glucagon be needed for an artificial pancreas?
  • If a fully automated artificial pancreas comes to market, will I still need to do fingerstick testing?

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Comment by Anna on March 8, 2013 at 1:09pm

I would love to ask him what Medtronic's plan are for releasing their data/API, so that it can be integrated into platforms that analyze the data from multiple devices. It currently only allows you to link/view data from medtronic devices, which is very limiting for those of us who track multiple factors related to our disease management.

Comment by nel on March 8, 2013 at 9:05am

Maybe my question is " off the wall " and I am technically very unsaffy !!!
I recall reading in a Canadian paper ( National Post ???) late 2011 ( ?) about the possibility of hacking insulin pumps ...would this be a reality for the next generation of pumps ?

Comment by Sonia on March 8, 2013 at 8:11am

Assuming this will be an implantable AP, will anti-rejection drugs be required? If so, what are the possible side affects? Is there any possibility of non-implant?

Comment by Tom Goffe on March 7, 2013 at 5:15pm

Veo: when?
Enlite: when?

Is is necessary to live in an EU country to have access to state of the art diabetes devices?

Comment by nel on March 7, 2013 at 2:15pm

What a great questions !! I will add another link to my FB page and a reminder to join

Comment by Santiago Jimenez on March 7, 2013 at 12:25pm

Whats the realistic expectancy date for the Art. Panc. to hit the market and how expensive would it be ?

Comment by Scott Strumello on March 7, 2013 at 8:15am

To what extent will dual-hormonal pumps be pursued as an option for people with hypoglycemia unawareness, and how much of a priority is that for Medtronic?

Comment by Susan B. on March 6, 2013 at 4:13pm

Several questions here-What kind of customer/consumer support be provided for users of the art. pancreas? How about slender people-what adjustments will have to be made? Also will it be covered by Medicare? When will test trials on humans begin? Also when do you expect this device to become available?

Comment by Kelly Rawlings on March 6, 2013 at 2:38pm

More and more people with diabetes are living longer (hooray), but going on Medicare, which doesn't cover CGMs. What does that mean for the AP, and what work is being done to achieve coverage for my friends 65 and older?

Comment by Kelly Rawlings on March 6, 2013 at 2:37pm

How are developers making sensors more comfortable for kids, thin ppl (esp. w/ redundant sensors for closed loop)?

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