Making Life with Diabetes Easier


Israeli D-Medical's insulin pump helps diabetics everywhere


By: YOSEF TASTASSA  
Published: February 21st 2011
in Economics » Israel

D-Medical Spring ADI system

Diabetes

 

It is one of the most common and horrible diseases in modern life. Caused by the pancreas’ inability to produce enough insulin, a vital complicated molecule that transfers the sugar from the blood to the body cells. Sugar is an immediate source of energy that helps the body to function properly.

 

Unfortunately the habits of modern life, especially in the western world, have increased the possibilities of many social diseases and diabetes is one of them. Extra consumption of sugars and carbohydrates, extra weight, especially around the waist and huge amount of stress have led to the increased number of diabetes sufferers which, as of 2000, is at least 2.8% of the world population, or 171 million people.

 

Diabetics suffer from many side effects. The disease damages many body organs such as the eyes, kidneys, the blood system and more. It is also called the consuming disease as the body is consumed from within. Life expectancy of diabetics is shorter.

 

The solution

 

The solution to diabetes is to bring artificial insulin to the body. Sounds simple but it is a very complicated task. Healthy people have an interior mechanism that regulates the mount of insulin produced in accordance to the amount of sugar in the blood.

 

Diabetic people have to monitor their sugar level and then inject insulin into their veins. Too much insulin can cause a "hypo" in which a person can faint. Not enough insulin and the patient suffers.

 

The complexity and the costs of monitoring and treating diabetics has increased nearly 33% between 1996 and 2003, to an average annual rate of $1,714 per patient in the US. Many modern companies have developed clinical and engineered solutions for diabetes; one of those companies is Israel's D-Medical, whose new "spring" pump should make a big difference to patients' physical condition and to their bank accounts.

 

D-Medical spring ADI insulin pump

 

Spring ADI, developed by D-Medical, is the only insulin pump on the market today that implements a spring-based insulin delivery technology - Intellispring.  Together with D-Medical Total Line Control innovation, the Spring ADI insulin pump represents a new dimension in controlled and monitored insulin delivery.



 

The Intellispring utilizes spring energy as the driving force for insulin delivery which creates a safe and reliable insulin pump therapy. The elimination of motor and gear train results in a smaller, lighter in weight and energy saving insulin pump.

 

TLC (Total Line Control) system ensures superior safety, including real-time notification of compromised delivery in case of detachment, air bubbles or detection of even partial occlusion. The carried pump is light and comfortable, it has an ergonomic shape and is one of the lightest pumps on the market.

 

More about D-Medical

 

The Israeli company is growing rapidly and has already signed long term agreements to sale its products around the world. Recent agreements were signed with Swedish distributor and worldwide negotiations are happening as we speak.

 

The company's share in the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange are listed under the symbol "DMDC" and are prone to high fluctuations.

 

D-Medical has applied to have its shares listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol "DMED" and anticipates pricing of initial public offering of 2.7 million ordinary shares to be between US $10 and $12 per share.

 

Summary

 

D-Medical, whose goal is to improve the quality of life for diabetics worldwide, is another Israeli biomedical company built with creativity, persistence, and strong entrepreneurship. 



 

Spring based injections systems have become popular for other forms of medicine. D-Medical has the only such system for insulin delivery which alone should make them worthwhile to keep an eye on.



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