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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Exciting news from Dr. Faustman

Read the story from Diabetes Mine here: http://www.healthline.com/diabetesmine/dr-denise-faustman-ready-next-round-trials-diabetes-vaccine-research

A few excerpts of the article that are exciting to me: 

"The biggest roadblock we ran into was the short supply of BCG in the U.S., because it stopped being produced after the Big Pharma factory making it was shut down. BCG isn't a high-tech product, so when you go to make more, it's restricted on where it can be manufactured -- kind of like a flu vaccine, you just can't make it at any lab. Think of it like this: If you have a plant making french fries, you can't suddenly have them start making hamburgers even though they're both food products often served together. We had to get a contract to do this. We didn't want to be in the manufacturing business, but we had to in order to continue this research."

"We have gotten approval for Phase II and we're all OK on the manufacturing front, so it will start shortly. Probably in the coming months. In our last research update from the Fall, we wrote that we're planning for 120 people. We are always looking for more patients to be a part of this, so interested persons can email us at diabetestrial@partners.org. "

Leave your comments on this article on Diabetes Mine--Let Dr. Faustman know just how much we all appreciate her hard work and not letting big pharma get in her way or stop her!

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