Transforming the Lives of Patients with Diabetes
ViaCyte, Inc., a leader in the emerging field of regenerative medicine, is headquartered in San Diego, California. ViaCyte's innovative product is based on the differentiation of stem cells into pancreatic beta cell precursors (PEC-01™), with subcutaneous implantation in a retrievable and immune-protective encapsulation medical device (Encaptra® drug delivery system). Once implanted, the precursor cells mature into endocrine cells that secrete insulin and other hormones in a regulated manner to control blood glucose levels. ViaCyte's goal is a product that can free patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes from long-term insulin dependence. ViaCyte has received substantial financial support from both the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and JDRF.