A Potential Breakthrough for Type 1 Diabetes
iTOL-101 is our lead program being developed as a potential cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Using our proprietary biotechnology derived protein microgel platform, iTOL-100, which acts to generate localized immune tolerance, allogenic pancreatic islets implanted in the fat pad in the stomach, called the omentum. In a preclinical non-human primate study, implemented pancreatic islets have been shown to act similar to native pancreatic islets, secreting insulin in response to sugar intake. Most importantly, study animals did not require long-term immunosuppression therapy.
Potential to eliminate the need for sustained immunosuppressants
Potential to facilitate
functional engraftment while reducing cell rejection
Compelling efficacy demonstrated in non-human primate studies
Even with Insulin Treatment, There Remains a Significant Unmet Need in Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. People with brittle diabetes frequently experience large swings in blood sugar that can quickly move from too high to too low or vice versa. Severely low blood sugar, called hypoglycemia, can cause sudden and unexpected seizures, coma, heart attacks, and even death.
patients in the U.S.
70K – 100K
very severe uncontrolled
type 1 diabetes; “brittle”²
Poor glucose control has long term consequences¹
Retinopathy at 18 years
(45% are severe)
at 18 years
at 18 years
1: Insulin independence rate from 2007-2010 in 677 islet transplants from Schuetz C, Markmann JF. Islet cell transplant: Update on current clinical trials. Curr Transplant Rep. 2016;3(3):254-263: 2: Vanstone, M. Patient Perspectives on Quality of Life With Uncontrolled Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: A Systematic Review and Qualitative Meta-synthesis. Ont Health Technol Assess Ser., 15(17), 1–29.