Insight Bite: Dexcom’s Typezero Takeover Accelerates Artificial Pancreas Research

Dexcom, California-based creators of continuous glucose monitoring devices, have acquired TypeZero Technologies, a software start-up from the University of Virginia that develops algorithms for artificial pancreas systems. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition follows a long relationship between the two companies, and is thought to be in aid of Dexcom’s plan to launch an automated insulin delivery system [AID] in 2019.

In a statement, Dexcom’s Executive Vice President of Strategy Steve Pacelli said the acquisition would help the company develop new tools for diabetes treatment:  

“TypeZero is a great fit for Dexcom as we look to deliver a growing set of tools to both our insulin delivery partners and our customers,” “Combined with best-in-class CGM technology, we believe TypeZero’s technology and strong team will accelerate our efforts to further differentiate Dexcom’s portfolio.”

Prior to acquisition, Typezero worked on several tools for treating diabetes—including a smartphone-based artificial pancreas system, therapy optimization tools for health care providers, and advisory applications for smart insulin pens.

The team will remain in Charlottesville, VA., allowing continued partnership with the University of Virginia’s Diabetes Research Center, but will now also benefit from additional support and resources from Dexcom.

“The TypeZero team is excited for our next chapter as part of Dexcom,” said Chad Rogers, TypeZero’s CEO. “For the last several years, our company has been committed to creating diabetes management products that simplify the life of a person with diabetes. As part of Dexcom, we will continue to embrace the mission to empower people with diabetes through innovation.”

Although Dexcom has said that it won’t be competing directly with any of its existing pump partners, like Eli Lily and Insulet, the joining of the two companies is likely to impact many of the groups working on sensors, insulin pumps and software in the sector. This includes their closest rival in the continuous glucose monitor (CGM) sensor space: Abbott. Not only that, but the purchase puts Dexcom one step closer to being in direct competition with market leader Medtronic, whose original artificial pancreas was hailed as a breakthrough in 2016.

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