Platinum Level Sponsors
Novo Nordisk is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with diabetes. For nearly 80 years, the company has combined drug discovery with state-of-the-art technology to develop leading edge products for people with diabetes. Novo Nordisk was the first to develop longer-acting NPH insulin, purified insulin, and premixed human insulin. Novo Nordisk also designed the first durable and disposable insulin pen devices and the first dial-a-dose insulin delivery system. Novo Nordisk recently added a rapid-acting human insulin analog, NovoLog® (insulin aspart [rDNA origin] injection) as another treatment option for people with diabetes. Novo Nordisk is proud to be a Platinum Level Sponsor of the Friends for Life conference, sponsoring the Family and Friends Banquet, Sports Central, and the Cyber Center.
Since 1981, LifeScan, Inc. has been committed to creating a world without limits for people with diabetes. They revolutionized home blood glucose testing with the introduction of OneTouch® Technology in 1987. An innovator in self-monitoring, more than three million people depend on OneTouch® Brand Meters for simple testing and accurate results. LifeScan, an early sponsor of Children With Diabetes, is proud to sponsor the Family and Friends Banquet and the Tween Social Night.
Sanofi-Aventis is pleased to be a Platinum Level Sponsor of the Friends for Life conference, sponsoring Thursday's lunch for all conference participants, the First Timers Reception on Wednesday, and the Teen Day at Islands of Adventure.
Platinum Education Partner
Abbott Diabetes Care, a division of Abbott, is committed to improving the lives of people with diabetes. The company manufactures, distributes and markets innovative blood glucose monitoring systems and services that offer patients and healthcare professionals fast, convenient and accurate results. Abbott Diabetes Care designs, develops and manufactures several leading-edge glucose monitoring systems for use in both home and hospital settings. Among its leading brands in the United States are FreeStyle®, FreeStyle FreedomTM, FreeStyle Flash®, Precision XtraTM, and Precision Link®. Abbott Diabetes Care is also developing the FreeStyle NavigatorTM Continuous Glucose Monitoring System which is under FDA review and is an investigational device only. Abbott Diabetes Care is pleased to be the Platinum Education Partner.
Gold Level Sponsors
Animas Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson company, is dedicated to making diabetes management easier through product innovation, exceptional customer support and customized education programs. The Animas® 2020 insulin pump is the company's fifth generation insulin pump since the company was founded in 1996. Some of the pump features include a flat panel, high contrast color screen, a 500 in-pump food database and smallest basal rate/increment. Plus it's waterproof! Animas also offers customized education programs and 24/7 pump support. Animas is pleased to be a Gold Level Sponsor of childcare at Friends for Life: Orlando 2008!
Bayer HealthCare, Diabetes Care is a worldwide leader in diabetes, supporting customers in 100 countries. Since the introduction of CLINITEST® reagent tablets in 1941, Bayer has led the way in diabetes care product innovation. The company changed the face of diabetes care in 1969 when it introduced the first portable blood glucose meter and test strips. Bayer HealthCare further innovated diabetes management by being the first company to introduce a portfolio of blood glucose monitors with No Coding™ technology. Today, our product offerings include the CONTOUR® and BREEZE® 2, blood glucose monitoring systems. As part of our continued support of innovation, Bayer also was the first company to introduce a multi-test blood glucose monitoring system. In July 2006, Bayer Diabetes Care acquired Metrika Inc., maker and manufacturer of A1CNow+, a meter-based diabetes monitoring system for measurement of A1C (glycated hemoglobin) an important indicator of long term blood sugar control. Bayer HealthCare, Diabetes Care is proud to be a Gold Level Sponsor for the Friends for Life conference, sponsoring young adult program and the teen evening program.
Medtronic Diabetes is the world leader in advanced diabetes management solutions, helping people with diabetes for 25 years. The company's products include the MiniMed Paradigm® REAL-Time System, the #1 prescribed insulin pump in the United States and the only one in the world integrating REAL-Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring and Therapy Management Software. Other company products include the Guardian® REAL-Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring System, CGMS® iProTM Continuous Glucose Recorder, CareLinkTM Therapy Management Software and other related consumable products. As a pioneer in insulin pump therapy, continuous glucose monitoring, and therapy management software, Medtronic Diabetes is committed to delivering a closed-loop system. Medtronic Diabetes is a proud Gold Level Sponsor of the Children with Diabetes conference, supporting Sunday's Farewell Breakfast.
Roche Diagnostics, maker of ACCU-CHEK® products, is the world's leading producer of diagnostic systems. As a global leader in diabetes care, we are proud that ACCU-CHEK products are trusted by millions of people worldwide. There is an ACCU-CHEK blood glucose meter for every need and all ACCU-CHEK products are accurate, convenient, and easy to use. In addition, our 24-hour ACCU-CHEK Customer Care center is available to answer your questions and provide technical support for all ACCU-CHEK products. To learn more about ACCU-CHEK products, visit our website at accu-chek.com. You can count on ACCU-CHEK to make living with diabetes a little easier. Roche Diagnostics, the maker of ACCU-CHEK products is proud to be the Gold Level Sponsor of the opening reception.
Silver Level Sponsors
The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association conducts programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, reaching hundreds of communities. The ADA is also the largest single provider of camps for children with diabetes with more than 60 day and residential camps throughout the nation. Each year, the ADA serves hundreds of families as they confront school discrimination issues through our Safe at School initiative. At www.diabetes.org, you will find great information and opportunities to interact with other kids and parents affected by type 1 diabetes. The ADA's Silver Level Sponsorship supports the Quilt for Life. Connect with your local ADA office at 1-888-DIABETES or visit our Web site at www.diabetes.org.
With a long heritage of breaking new ground in ambulatory infusion pumps, Smiths Medical MD, Inc. brings nearly two decades of experience to the CozMore® Insulin Technology System. Only the CozMore® Insulin Technology System allows you to attach the CoZmonitor® blood glucose module to your Deltec Cozmo® insulin pump to create an "all-in-one" insulin pump and blood glucose monitoring system. Add to that the CoZmanager® PC Communications Software and you have the most advanced insulin technology system available. Our most recent satisfaction survey showed that 99% of our customers will recommend our pump to a friend or relative, given that it is easy to use, provides better control, has better features and is flexible and convenient. Our reputation for customer service and product support is unsurpassed, and clinical expertise is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Smiths Medical MD, Inc. is pleased to be a Silver Level Sponsor of the Dessert with the Faculty at this year's Friends for Life conference.
Bronze Level Sponsors
Insulet Corporation is an innovative medical device company dedicated to improving the lives of people with diabetes. Insulet's OmniPod Insulin Management System is a revolutionary insulin infusion system that gives kids the freedom to be kids, and parents the peace of mind of continuous insulin therapy. The OmniPod System packs all the functionality of today's "smart" insulin pumps in two discreet, easy-to-use wireless parts, with virtually pain-free insertion, an integrated Freestyle blood glucose meter, and, best of all, no cumbersome tubing. For complete details about the OmniPod System and to read stories from real OmniPod users, please visit www.MyOmniPod.com. Insulet is pleased to be a Bronze Level Sponsor supporting the Volunteer Family Reception on Tuesday.
Pelikan Technologies is dedicated to developing innovative technologies in blood glucose monitoring that will change the way people with diabetes feel about testing. The launch of our first product, the Pelikan Sun™, will "Take the Pain out of Testing" for children of any age. You won't believe it until you try it; the PelikanSun is the first ever finger friendly electronic lancing device. Our ongoing design and development of future products will bring ultimate convenience to glucose testing. A past participant of the Friends for Life conference, Pelikan Technologies is proud to be a Bronze Level Sponsor of the 2008 Friends for Life conference.
SPLENDA® is the top-selling no calorie sweetener that is made from sugar so it tastes like sugar. It's a healthy, great-tasting alternative to sugar that is low in calories and carbohydrates, so you can feel good about enjoying the sweet taste that you love. Sucralose, the low calorie sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA®, is not a carbohydrate and has been shown in studies to have no effect on blood glucose control or insulin levels. SPLENDA® Granular and SPLENDA® Packet products contain an insignificant amount of carbohydrate and calories per serving, so when used in reasonable amounts, should not impact blood glucose levels. SPLENDA® can be used almost everywhere sugar is used - in cooking, baking, and sweetening. It's suitable for everyone. In fact, SPLENDA® brand sweetener (sucralose) is the ingredient used to sweeten more than 4,000 foods and beverages around the world. Splenda is pleased to be a Bronze Level Sponsor of Friends for Life 2008.
Unomedical manufactures insulin infusion sets for the treatment of type 1 diabetes. We have developed infusion sets since the early 1980s through advanced research and dialogue with users and healthcare professionals. As a result of this Unomedical Infusion Devices has launched many popular products, including the new, innovative inset™ 30 - the world's first angled infusion set and insertion device in one unit (exclusively distributed by Animas Corp). With a broad range of infusion sets, Unomedical Infusion Devices wishes to offer insulin pump users the chance to choose a high quality and comfortable infusion set that best suits their individual needs. For further information about Unomedical Infusion Devices and our products, please visit our web site at www.infusion-set.com. Unomedical Infusion Devices is proud to be a Bronze Level Sponsor, supporting the Coffee Service for all families.
Friends of CWD
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International is the world's largest charitable funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes research. Founded in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF's mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Over the years, JDRF has provided more than $1 billion in grants for diabetes research at universities and laboratories around the world. In addition to its role in leading research funding, JDRF is accessible to people 24 hours per day, seven days per week--particularly those struggling with the difficult moments after a diagnosis of diabetes. Through its Web site and more than 100 locations worldwide, JDRF has developed a diverse support network for families with a type 1 connection, including a number of personal family-to-family programs and a range of resources. For more information, visit the JDRF Web site at www.jdrf.org, or call 800-533-CURE.
Dex4 – your official "Low Station" supplier of fast acting glucose! The quickest way to raise your blood glucose and treat hypoglycemia is with d-glucose. Dex4 glucose products are the highest on the Glycemic Index and are the exact sugar (d-glucose) your cells need for energy and quick relief from symptoms. Candy, cola, and juice may contain carbohydrates, but take longer for your body to digest before your body gets the exact d-glucose it needs. Choose Dex4 glucose products for fast, accurate, and convenient choices to treat hypoglycemia! Available in great tasting tablets, gel and new liquid blasts! For more information about Dex4's current glucose products visit www.dex4.com. Dex4, a proud sponsor of the Friends for Life conference, is pleased to present Saturday's Breakfast for all conference participants.
One of the first sponsors of Children With Diabetes in their very first year, the Diabetes Research Institute and Foundation are proud to support the new Hall of Science at this important fun and educational event for families affected by diabetes. The Diabetes Research Institute is a recognized world leader in cure-focused research. Since its inception in the early 1970s, the DRI has made significant contributions to the field of type 1 diabetes research, pioneering many of the techniques used in islet transplantation. From innovations in islet isolation and transplant procedures to advances in cell biology and immunology, the DRI is now harnessing the power of emerging technologies to develop new cell-based therapies to restore insulin production. The most comprehensive diabetes research center of its kind, the DRI bridges research programs in the rapidly evolving fields of tissue engineering, stem cell research, transplant immunology, cell transdifferentiation and regenerative medicine, among others, to speed the most promising findings from the lab to the patient. For the millions of families affected by diabetes who are looking to the world of science for answers, the Diabetes Research Institute is the best hope for a cure. For more information, visit www.diabetesresearch.org or call 1-800-321-3437.
Nipro Diabetes Systems located in Miramar, Florida USA, is responsible for the design and manufacturing of the Amigo® insulin pump. The pump helps control blood glucose for children and adults with types 1 and 2 diabetes. Build for safety, reliability, accuracy and durability, the Amigo is user friendly with computer-like help screens for easy programming. Developed and manufactured in the United Sates by people with diabetes and healthcare professionals who specialize in the disease, the Amigo has been designed around the patient and in response to the ever changing treatment of diabetes. Nipro Diabetes Systems is dedicated to bringing people with diabetes the tools and education they need to manage their disease. Nipro places strong emphasis on customer support for patients and healthcare professionals. Diabetes Educators are available 24/7 to answer any questions. Charitable work is also part of Nipro's mission, with a portion of every Amigo sale going to the Kids on the GO Foundation. The charity was created to bring lower income children and their families together with kid-focused diabetes events. The funds will be utilized to help families cover the cost to attend diabetes conferences and camps. For more information, call toll free 1-888-651-PUMP(7867) or log onto www.niprodiabetes.com.
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