Let’s discuss the new wave of crowdfunding to support diabetes innovation with John Sjolund, of Timesulin, Simon Carter, of ManageBGL and Tom Houlihan, of Vitalpak.
Have you ever supported a diabetes-related cause, service or product on a site like IndieGoGo or GoFundMe?
If so, what inspired you to do so, and did you keep tabs on the the recipient of your support?
Do you think crowdfunding empowers people to decide what innovations are important, or is a way for organizations to get funding without the accountability required by other funding sources?
Join us to discuss these questions and more!
Australian software engineer and ‘traveller nut’ Simon Carter, who has had type 1 diabetes for 25 years, has created a world-first method for predicting blood glucose levels. ManageBGL gives people with diabetes the calculation and tracking tools of an $8000 insulin pump.
Tom and his son, Kyle, worked together to design/develop the Vitalpak, a true example of the napkin-drawing-to-final-product process. The Vitalpak is a medical backpack designed for those with Diabetes. They hope to bring this product to the retail market.
John Sjölund is the CEO and co-founder of Patients Pending Ltd, a company created to help build innovative products for those with chronic conditions, in particular diabetes. John has lived with Type 1 diabetes since the age of four and, in 2009, gathered a team to create Timesulin, the company’s first product, aiming to help solve daily anxiety in an easy-to-use way.