Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong disease that affects the body’s ability
to convert glucose from food into energy. In most cases, type 1
diabetes develops early in life and is often diagnosed during
The disease starts when the immune system attacks cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, the hormone that helps convert glucose into energy for the body’s cells. People living with type 1 diabetes require daily injections of insulin to survive.
Based on almost 100 years of experience discovering and producing treatments for people with diabetes, our scientists are advancing research to reduce the number of insulin injections required to maintain good glycaemic control, and to prevent low blood glucose (hypoglycaemic) episodes.
Our ultimate goal is a cure. We are progressing our research in regenerative medicine, such as cell therapy, which may one day be used as a curative treatment for type 1 diabetes.
The discovery of insulin more than 100 years ago transformed diabetes from a death sentence into a disease that people can manage.
Today we are still driving change in diabetes by improving quality of life through innovative new treatments and delivery devices. But we are also committed to driving change within access, education and care to ensure life-saving treatments reach those in need.