Rice University Team Creating Insulin-Producing Implant for Type 1 Diabetes

On July 27, 2021, it was announced that Rice University (Houston, Texas) bioengineers are using 3D printing and smart biomaterials to create an insulin-producing implant for Type 1 diabetics. The three-year project is a partnership between the laboratories of Omid Veiseh, PhD, and Jordan Miller, PhD, that's supported by a grant from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the leading global funder of diabetes research. Dr. Veiseh and Dr. Miller will use insulin-producing beta cells made from human stem cells to create an implant that senses and regulates blood glucose levels by responding with the correct amount of insulin at a given time.

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