BASEL, Switzerland, May 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced an exclusive distribution agreement with Senseonics Holding Inc. for the new Eversense® CGM System to be marketed in Italy, Germany and the Netherlands. The system is designed to continually monitor glucose levels for up to 90 days, compared to 7 or up to 14 days for non-implantable CGM systems currently available in the market. The sensor is implanted underneath the skin on the upper arm and communicates with a rechargeable and removable smart transmitter that is worn on the upper arm. Glucose data and trends are available on the Eversense mobile app. In addition, the smart transmitter sets off an alert when glucose levels become too high or too low. These features provide people with diabetes with important real-time insights on glucose levels and trends throughout the day and actionable information to flexibly and discreetly manage their condition. Under the terms of the agreement, the CE-marked CGM system will be introduced in the first markets Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands shortly. Both companies will jointly make the Eversense system available to people with diabetes via clinics and medical practices that have been trained on the system.
"We are excited to bring this advancement in diabetes therapy to our customers. It is an excellent fit and addition to our Accu-Chek® portfolio," states Marcel Gmuender, Global Head of Roche Diabetes Care. "With the launch of our Accu-Chek Insight CGM system at the end of this year, we are reinforcing our commitment to provide people with diabetes broad access to innovation with two CGM solutions that will help meet different patient needs and provide true relief."
Continuous glucose monitoring is considered the most significant breakthrough in diabetes management in the past years. It can provide people with diabetes on insulin therapy with valuable additional information to help keep track of an optimal glycemic control and can also contribute to a risk reduction of both severe hypo- and hyperglycemia. CGM devices relay frequent readings of glucose levels from a small sensor inserted under the skin measuring the glucose in the interstitial fluid. The benefit of CGM is that it provides useful real-time insights into patterns and trends in glucose levels throughout the day. CGM devices can be programmed to alert the user when glucose levels are too low or too high.
Senseonics Holdings, Inc. is a medical technology company focused on the design, development and commercialization of glucose monitoring products designed to help people with diabetes confidently live their lives with ease. Senseonics' first generation continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system, Eversense®, includes a small sensor, smart transmitter and mobile application. Based on fluorescence sensing technology, the sensor is designed to be inserted subcutaneously and communicate with the smart transmitter to wirelessly transmit glucose levels to a mobile device. After insertion, the sensor is designed to continually and accurately measure glucose levels.
For more information on Senseonics, please visit http://www.senseonics.com.
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Roche Diabetes Care is a pioneer in the development of blood glucose monitoring systems and a global leader for diabetes management systems and services. For more than 40 years, the Accu-Chek brand has been dedicated to enabling people with diabetes to live life as normally and actively as possible as well as to empowering healthcare professionals to manage their patients' condition in an optimal way. Today, the Accu-Chek portfolio offers people with diabetes and healthcare professionals innovative products and impactful solutions for convenient, efficient and effective diabetes management, spanning from blood glucose monitoring through information management to insulin delivery. The Accu-Chek brand encompasses blood glucose meters, insulin delivery systems, lancing devices, data management systems and education programs - contributing to an improved medical outcome.
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