Tandem has today updated its “Pipeline”.
October 12, 2017
Tandem has reiterated the pivotal study for its first generation Automated Insulin Delivery (AID) called the Predictive Low Glucose Suspend (PLGS) is anticipated to conclude by the end of 2017. The PLGS will run on the Tandem t:slim X2 using sensor data from the Dexcom G5. Based upon FDA approval, Tandem continues to have the goal to launch the PLGS via remote update in the summer of 2018.
Tandem’s second generation AID called the Hybrid Closed Loop (HCL) will also run on the X2 using technology from TypeZero and using sensor data from the Dexcom G6. This system will both increase and decrease basal insulin based on predicted BG as well as deliver automated correction boluses. Tandem has pushed this out and the current goal for this is the first half of 2019.
Tandem also has under development the t:sport. It is expected to be half the size of the t:slim and “designed for people who seek even greater discretion and flexibility with the use of their insulin pump”. No date is set for this.
Tandem is planning to launch a first generation mobile application in 2018. This will connect via Bluetooth to the pump. Initially it sounds like it will simply upload the pump information to the Tandem cloud (t:connect). A future generation will support pump-control capabilities however possible not for the t:slim X2 but only for newer pumps currently under development. So this sounds to be a number of years down the road. R&D. Don’t hold your breath.
A few company / business points:
Tandem has shipped more than 60,000 insulin pumps since their initial launch in August 2012.
Tandem expects to have 11% of the USA insulin pump market at the end of 2017.
Tandem believes they can be profitable when they reach 15% USA market share for which their goal is 2019.
Tandem is potentially planning to launch internationally in 2018.