The folks at LifeScan (the makers of OneTouch meters) just sent me us communication:
"On Friday, July 13, LifeScan, acquired Calibra Medical, Inc. of Redwood City, CA. Calibra Medical is the developer of a unique, wearable three-day insulin patch designed to offer a convenient and discrete mealtime insulin dosing option for people with diabetes who take multiple daily injections (MDI) of insulin. While not yet available, this new insulin patch is intended to make it easier for patients to adhere to their prescribed mealtime insulin therapy and help them achieve and maintain good diabetes control.
We’re committed to providing patients with innovations that help improve their lives at every stage of their diabetes management. The acquisition of Calibra Medical represents an important addition to our portfolio of insulin delivery offerings that include the Animas family of insulin pumps.
Calibra was a privately held venture and this is an early stage acquisition. The terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed and we are not commenting on when we expect the product will be available. There are a number of milestones that must be met before the product can launch."
Interesting moves under way in the insulin (pump) space!
I'm surprised this is considered an acquisition by Lifescan, not an acquisition by J&J's insulin-delivery subsidiary Animas or parent company (of both Animas and Lifescan) Johnson & Johnson. Am I missing something?
I can't imagine how a "three day patch" would work! Is this based on a set mealtime dose? If so, I don't see it as a step forward. How would it be possible to regulate different doses for different meals?
Similar to the Omnipod Pump ???
Oh, I didn't see the connection between the two, Nel, and was struggling to grasp how a patch could work. I know little about the omnipod, but assume there is an actual "pump" or meter/remote that controls input to the pod, so it would have to have something like that which would make it basically a form of pump but with a flat patch instead of the very large pod, which would be a good thing! The term patch is a bit confusing.
I understand this to be the equivalent to a dumb patch pump, with very limited functionality.
I copied this from the web site of the company that got acquired:
Finesse is a small, flat, disposable, mealtime insulin delivery patch that is only about a ¼” thick and just a little longer than a mid sized paper clip. Entirely mechanical with no batteries, no electronics, no separate infusion sets. Stays comfortably adhered to your body for up to 3 days through showering, exercising, sleeping, intimacy. To dose insulin during mealtimes, snack times, or for correction boluses, simply squeeze the 2 buttons together on the patch right through your clothing. Anytime. Anywhere. And unlike syringes or insulin pens, no prep is ever needed, it takes only a few seconds to dose, and no one will ever see. It is truly that simple!
Technology is amazing ...I love to learn ...wonder if acceptable to those , who are insulin resistant and require larger bolus amounts ...any idea how much insulin is in this lovely gadget ? Basal delivery via Pen /needle ??? I like the idea of " competition " !
Yeah, my understanding is that this was just another version of the Omnipod. I know many folks are happy with their Omnipods but I'm still sticking with tubed pumps. There's just something that makes me a little hesitant to not be able to SEE the insulin going through the tube. That said, competition is great, and I'm really happy to see more options come onto the market so that people can choose what works best for them.