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Company Reports that Pig Cells are Producing Insulin in Two People


Nov 14, 2007

Living Cells Technologies (LCT) has announced that their Moscow trial of pig cell implantation, which began in June, is well underway: In September, the second of six type 1 patients was injected with 5,000 "islet equivalents per kilogram" of Diabecells into the peritoneal cavity.

The Russian patients will receive their second dose of the alginate-encapsulated porcine beta cells six months after the first.

Both patients are doing well. The first patient has been able to cut his insulin requirement by 39 percent, and the second has been weaned completely off injected insulin. This is good news for LCT, which recently got a promise of up to $9.8 million in investment money from a United States group. LCT hopes that New Zealand authorities will allow them to begin another set of clinical trials in New Zealand before Christmas.

This trial will involve eight long-standing type 1s who will receive higher doses of Diabecells than the Russian patients. LCT has met all the regulatory requirements and obtained the necessary ethics approvals, so are just waiting for permission to go forward from the New Zealand Ministry of Health. Based upon those approvals, their stock recently soared three cents.

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Sources: Stuff.co.nz; the Age Company, Ltd, October 2007; LCT press release


Categories: Insulin, Islet & Pancreas Transplant, Professional Issues, Research, Type 1 Issues



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Comments

Posted by Anonymous on 15 February 2008

I totally support LCT and don't understand
why New Zealand and the U.S. have not moved
towards the cure with LCT.This could hae
happened 15 years ago when LCT first was
successful and we might all have been cured
by now.

Posted by Anonymous on 29 February 2008

Diabetes is a major money making business in this country...Look how many companies would be out of business if diabetes is no longer a problem

Posted by Anonymous on 3 June 2008

mexico, they insert the hipofisis gland out of a baby pigs head and insert into arm, supposedly your meds get lowered and you feel better in 15 days

Posted by Anonymous on 11 August 2008

Follow up to

"Posted by Anonymous on 3 June 2008
mexico, they insert the hipofisis gland out of a baby pigs head and insert into arm, supposedly your meds get lowered and you feel better in 15 days".

I know someone who had this done, they are off insulin in 14 days, this is no joke but may not cure everyone with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. There are different casues, but it shows hope for some.


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