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New diabetes treatment closer to clinical study

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A San Diego-based company has developed a new therapy product designed to treat patients with Type 1 diabetes.

Viacyte has filed documentation with the Food and Drug Administration for its innovative cell replacement therapy.

The company's president and CEO says what sets this product apart is that it's a regenerative medicine product.

"The promise of regenerative medicine is to replace what's lost in the disease. In our case, we're seeking to replace the beta cell that produces insulin that controls blood glucose. In this way we hope to reduce the burden on patients with Type 1 diabetes," explained Paul Laikind the President and CEO of Viacyte.

The milestone is a step on the path to conducting the first clinical study of this potentially transformative therapy.

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