SFC Fluidics plans to use the two-year funding deal from JDRF to speed up the development of a patch pump that securely connects with other devices, like a continuous glucose monitor and third-party algorithms, to automate insulin delivery.
The funding deal is part of JDRF’s Open-Protocol Automated Insulin Delivery Systems Initiative, which launched last year with the goal to bring components that could be used in automated insulin delivery systems to the market faster.
SFC Fluidics plans to develop a patch pump that operates on the company’s platform and publish its communications protocols so that approved devices can communicate with the pump.
“There is a passionate group of people behind a patient-driven ecosystem, using do-it-yourself approaches to develop solutions to meet their needs. We believe SFC’s unique pumping technology will provide new options for them to live the lifestyle that suits them the best,” Anthony Cruz, CEO of SFC Fluidics, said in prepared remarks. “With our partnership with JDRF, we will bring new and innovative solutions to the diabetes community.”
“We are excited to support SFC in its open-protocol pump development as a key step toward the realization of our goal of an open-protocol AID ecosystem,” Daniel Finan, research director at JDRF, added. “We are hopeful that solutions such as this will greatly expand choice in the marketplace, increase adoption of advanced, life-improving technologies among people with T1D, and accelerate the cadence of innovation in these treatment options.”