At the annual Advanced Technologies for the Treatment of Diabetes conference
held in February this year, Insulet announced two new agreements that will allow
consumers the freedom to choose their preferred sensor when using the future
Omnipod Horizon™ System. Insulet signed a global commercial agreement with
Dexcom to combine their G6® continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and their
G7®, once it's available. In addition, Insulet signed a development partnership
with Abbott to combine their next generation Libre sensor.
Insulet (Omnipod), Abbott and Dexcom
of people still injecting with pens in the
UK can do for their GPs is to write their
doses down in a diary for discussion. By
comparison Dexcom is deliberately agile.
Says Sayer, "When we moved on to our
Dexcom G6 sensor, the sixth generation
of our product, we had to totally close
down and get rid of the entire Dexcom
G5 manufacturing platform. That means
making a production line obsolete every
three years, whereas other suppliers
make their production line obsolete every
10-to-15 years, if not more."
The Dexcom G7 is very much on the
horizon. What can we expect that to bring
with it? "With any CGM there are three
key factors that need to be addressed:
accuracy, cost and convenience. A
sensor must perform well, be reliable and
be easy to wear. Dexcom has charted
its own path, starting small but gaining
pace on the back of the acceptance of
its sensor's accuracy and relative ease of
use. "In 2021 we will be bringing forward
our Dexcom G7 platform the accuracy
of which will be the same - Dexcom is
the gold standard for CGM accuracy.
The cost - or value - should improve as
we think the sensor will last longer than
the Dexcom G6, which is recommended
for wear for 10 days. And in terms of
convenience, inserting the sensor will be
even easier and the size even smaller. In
the US they compare it to the size of a
nickel, in the UK you'd compare it to a
rounded 20p coin. It will be a disc, instead
of lozenge-shaped. It's been designed for
being produced at mass. It comes already
inside an insertion device, so the user
does not have to carry around or have
to hand a separate insertion device. In all
we have very high expectations for the
Dexcom G7 and think our customers are
going to love it."
Mr Sayer was wearing a prototype
Dexcom G7 sensor when I met him,
and I can attest to the small size of the
next-generation sensor. We'll keep you
updated as launch of the product comes
into view next year.
People rely on our
sensors for their
health and well-being.
What we've done is
bring data to the fore,
making it accessible
for users to see on
and smart watches.
- Kevin Sayer,
This page: Dexcom's G6 sensor.