Skunk Bear’s “Father of the Week” designed a bionic pancreas.
Ed Damiano’s son David was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 11 months old. So Ed started to develop a system he calls a “bionic pancreas” — It’s designed to help people better manage their blood sugar.
He’s racing to get it approved by the Food and Drug Administration before his son leaves for college in three years.
- Ed tests tubing for his son’s insulin pump.
- A pump that uses the hormone glucagon to help provide better blood sugar control.
- David wears a transmitter on his abdomen that sends data on his glucose levels to a monitoring unit.
- Ed Damiano and his son David, 15, play basketball at home in Acton, Mass.
Credit: Ellen Webber for NPR