As the name suggests, the aim of the project is to develop a bioartificial pancreas which can be implanted into diabetics, freeing them from their regime of daily insulin injections and dietary restrictions. This artificial pancreas is not yet ready for implantation in humans, but it has already been successfully tested in small animals and preliminary experiments performed in pigs.
The project brought together 14 partners from 5 EU Member States. They include experts from fields as diverse as biochemistry, medicine, physiology, surface treatment, biomaterials, polymers and chemistry.
The project partners have already achieved a great deal; the concept for their bioartificial pancreas, in which insulin-producing cells are embedded in a membrane, has been validated by the project researchers and transplants have already been carried out in small pigs using a prototype of the device.READ MORE