Live interview "Technology and Innovation: Simplifying Diabetes Management" with Lane Desborough

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Live interview  "Technology and Innovation: Simplifying Diabetes Management" with Lane Desborough

Time: February 8, 2013 from 1pm to 2pm
Location: TuDiabetes homepage
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Organized By: Emily Coles
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Lane Desborough is Product Strategist for the Diabetes business unit of Medtronic. A proud father of three beautiful kids, Lane spent the first 25 years of his career as a control engineer making oil refineries and chemical plants run more safely and efficiently and helping the world’s energy situation by making the smart grid more reliable.

Then, in 2009, his son Hayden – age 10 at the time – was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Life changed dramatically for the entire family. For Lane, that included a career change. Shortly after Hayden’s diagnosis, Lane attended a diabetes conference, desperate to learn everything he could about the disease. There he met Dr. John Mastrototaro, Vice President of Research and Development for the Diabetes business unit of Medtronic.

As a result of that encounter, Lane is now at Medtronic applying his expertise in closed loop systems, human factors, and systems engineering to the development of an artificial pancreas – a job he takes very seriously (and very personally).

Lane holds a BASc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a MSc in Chemical Engineering Process Control from Queen’s University. He enjoys sailboat racing, long distance running, skiing, cooking, travel, and carpentry.

Lane will not be taking questions during the event, so please post them here in advance!

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Comment by Sportster on February 7, 2013 at 12:12pm

When will the Enlite Sensors be available in the US?

Comment by Elizabeth on February 6, 2013 at 6:58am

I am curious to know what the testing protocol for the artificial pancreas was/is. How is patient safety ensured during testing? And how do/will your experiences with testing, which I presume was done in adults, translate to testing in children, whose insulin needs vary much more than adults day to day, week to week, and year to year?

Comment by Nyadach on February 5, 2013 at 1:18am

I've been reading about Medtronic's closed loop research with Dr Hovorka from the University of Cambridge, and the use of stochastic modelling in helping to get tighter control with quiet a large improvements (22% correct?). But the research mentions that the system seems to be increasing hypos. The system in the research papers seems to be using a single chamber pump, while we are already seeing coming to market dual chamber pumps now which seems curious.
Is there a reason Medtronic for the single chamber route? either just not using dual chambers in this for research as you are doing it elsewhere? or is it more due to being some kind of issue with going the dual chamber route and adding glucose to the second chamber?

Comment by Patricia on February 4, 2013 at 7:04pm

What do you think is the time frame for medtronic to actually get an artifical pancreas through FDA and to the average everyday diabetic?
So for a 14 year old, how many years until he can directly benefit in regards to using it 24/7?

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