Abbott (NYSE:ABT) and Tandem Diabetes Care (NSDQ:TNDM) announced today that they have completed their agreement to combine the former’s glucose-sensing technology with the latter’s insulin delivery systems.
The deal, announced in October, will combine Abbott’s Freestyle Libre CGM with Tandem’s t:slim X2 pump to monitor glucose without fingersticks. The agreement covers the technical development of device integration and associated commercial support activities.
“We’re excited to integrate our insulin delivery systems with Abbott’s glucose-sensing technology, and we look forward to expanding options for our customers so that they can combine devices that best suit their personal needs,” said Tandem president & CEO John Sheridan in a news release. “We are proud to have an insulin pump capable of remote software updates that can make access to future integrations possible for in-warranty t:slim X2 users at the time of release without requiring a new pump.”
The need for interoperability between diabetes devices is widely recognized. Tandem’s t:slim X2 insulin pump was the first to receive FDA clearance in a new device category called alternate controller enabled (ACE) infusion pumps in 2019. The special controls for ACE pumps allow for reliable and secure communication with compatible external devices, according to Tandem. Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre 2 integrated continuous glucose monitoring (iCGM) system was recently cleared by the FDA for adults and children (4 years and older), although it is currently not indicated for use with automatic insulin delivery systems.
The companies said that through this collaboration, Abbott and Tandem will work to digitally connect their technologies for future automated insulin delivery systems, which will provide people with options to tailor and simplify how they manage their diabetes.
“Abbott is working with our partners to bring integrated technologies at an affordable price for people with diabetes who rely on using insulin pumps,” said Jared Watkin, SVP of diabetes care for Abbott. “By combining our glucose sensing technology with Tandem’s proven insulin delivery systems, we will be able to create a cohesive ecosystem for people with diabetes that can fit easily into their daily lives.”
The companies will focus initially on marketing the combined technologies in the U.S. and Canada and consider adding other regions in the future.