Kyrra Richards, who has type 1 diabetes, has transformed her desire for a stylish diabetes carrying case into a thriving business. Her sense of style has struck a chord with a large audience, including a company that is working with her to customize her line to its pump. It’s been several years since Diabetes Health interviewed Kyrra at an AADE conference (http://www.diabeteshealth.com/tv/play/182.html). I spoke to her recently to catch up and see how things were going.
The exhibit hall at this year's Children with Diabetes conference in Orlando, Florida, from July 23 to 27, 2008, featured expensive and elaborate booths from well-known companies like LifeScan and large organizations such as the American Diabetes Association. But another kind of company also welcomed people to their booths. They were the diabetes start-ups, companies that were started more often than not because of an intimate connection to the world of diabetes. I spoke to representatives of five of these companies about their products, their mission, and their inspiration.
Since the early 1980s, people with diabetes have needed
accessory cases to carry their testing and insulin supplies
with them. As the goal of better blood glucose control led to
more frequent glucose testing, multiple daily injections and
insulin pumps, keeping supplies and life support systems handy
has become ever more important.
We all know there are all sorts of diabetes care supplies that we might want to carry: batteries, pump tubing, lancets, syringes, even log books and emergency information. And what about other treatment aids, such as glucose tablets, urine test strips, or glucagon?
DiabetEase Products Inc., the manufacturer of Syringe Guard, has introduced two new portable diabetes packs. The packs, Samsonite World Sport Cool Packer and Samsonite World Sport Cool Packer Jr., are designed to conveniently hold and protect diabetes care products.
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