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La Jolla Institute scientist takes quest to conquer Type 1 diabetes to the next level
Date:1/23/2012

the recipient of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's prestigious Scholar Award and in 2008 received the Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award from the American Diabetes Association.

The Center will focus on the development of type 1 diabetes immunotherapies, an area where Dr. von Herrath has specialized expertise. "My dream has always been to see the most promising immune-based interventions translated into better treatments for patients with diabetes," he said. "As head of the translational center, I will have an opportunity to pursue this dream, as well as forge new public-private collaborations to access other novel research ideas for potential development into better treatment options for people with type 1 diabetes."

Dr. Kronenberg said Novo Nordisk has the kind of strong biopharmaceutical development infrastructure that is necessary to take discoveries from research laboratories, into human clinical trials, and, if successful, into approved drugs. "By establishing this relationship with Novo Nordisk, Dr. von Herrath is accelerating an important and complementary process that is strongly supported by this Institute; one that moves discoveries toward becoming treatments available to patients," he said. "We are pleased that Dr. von Herrath has entered into this exciting endeavor, while at the same time maintaining his laboratory and research efforts at our Institute. Clearly, this type of arrangement is a win-win for the scientific community and for patients."

Based in Denmark, Novo Nordisk has a longstanding history in type 1 diabetes treatment and markets several drugs for diabetes sufferers worldwide. Globally, about 6,000 people work on the company's research and development activities.


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