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Diabetes Treatment Rescued by the Japanese

Wed, 19 Oct 2011

The Japanese have rescued revolutionary pig-cell transplants which have proved promising internationally in the treatment of diabetics .

It is anticipated that they will be commercially available in New Zealand in three years' time.

The type 1 diabetes treatment has been saved by a $32.3 million Japanese rescue package.

The treatment has been developed over the last 20 years; it could eliminate the need for insulin injections as well as the risk of causing fatalities and severe disabilities.

There are over 20 million people across the world who are type 1 diabetic .

The company that has been developing this therapy, Living Cell Technologies, was short of finance and was facing closure in a few months' time.

However, it has been saved by the Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory, a section of a large Japanese group, whose other products include cancer drugs, intravenous solutions and sports drinks.

The diabetes project will be a joint venture.
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