Canada is already known for the discovery of insulin, but Hamilton-based researcher is looking for a cure.
Dr. Harald Stover, a professor at McMaster University and co-founder of Allarta Life Sciences Inc. is working to treat diabetes with a cell-based therapy. This new technology eliminates the need for injections and immune-suppressive drugs as the therapy would involve transplanting new cells into the body to produce insulin.
There is significant demand for a solution. Diabetes is a widespread and growing challenge and accounts for 10 per cent of the annual health budget in some parts of the globe.
Dr. Harald Stover hopes to start clinical trials with type 1 diabetes patients by 2024. The long-term goal for Dr. Stover’s team is to use their technology platform focused on stem cell-derived islets to address other conditions such as Parkinson’s and, hemophilia.
Read the Hamilton Spectator interview with Dr. Harald Stover and Allarta co-founder Maria Antonakos: