‘Artificial pancreas’ developed in shed is being tested on a larger scale

Dozens of people with type 1 diabetes will receive an artificial pancreas this month. It measures and corrects the patients’ blood sugar levels day and night. The device is intended to be placed with 100 adults.

The artificial pancreas was developed by Robin Koops from Goor. He started the project more than sixteen years ago in his shed, to spend less time with his illness and to get more freedom. “You can now do things freely, without having to think about food or this or that. That is no longer. And that is priceless.”

Health insurer Menzis will pay for the device for a group of patients in the middle and east of the country. The test persons are selected by doctors. A few years ago, the artificial pancreas was also tested in some diabetes patients, but now the device has received a European certification and therefore it can be tested on a larger group of people.

Koops calls it “very nice to see” that his invention can mean an improvement for a large group of people. “That’s what I do it for, I think that’s really cool.”

Koops is emotional that the artificial pancreas designed in his shed now receives a European quality mark:


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