A very special thanks to our generous sponsors, who made "Friends for Life: Pasadena 2002" possible.
Platinum Level Sponsor
TheraSense, located in Alameda, California, has developed the FreeStyleTM Blood Glucose Monitoring System designed to eliminate a major barrier to testing: the pain of the finger stick. The FreeStyle system utilizes breakthrough, patented electrochemical technology to accurately and precisely measure glucose from a tiny sample of blood, about the size of a pinhead, or only 1/3rd of a microliter. People with diabetes now have the freedom to test on the forearm, upper arm, hand, thigh, and calf without the pain and hassle of the traditional finger stick. The FreeStyle system is also a great fingertip testing system! The FreeStyle system is available at most major pharmacy chains and independent pharmacies nationwide and on the TheraSense website at www.therasense.com. TheraSense is pleased to be the Platinum Sponsor for the Pasadena conference, as the sponsor of Children With Diabetes Foundation Day at Universal Studios Hollywood Theme ParkTM. We are honored to be the Platinum Level Sponsor for 3 straight years since the conference was first initiated.
Gold Level Sponsors
Aventis Pharmaceuticals is pleased to be the Gold Level Sponsor of the Wednesday evening Exhibitor's Reception. Please join us in the Exhibit Hall!
LifeScan has been committed to improving the qualify of life for people with diabetes since 1981, revolutionizing home blood glucose testing with the introduction of the ONE TOUCH® System in 1987. Always an innovator in self-monitoring, LifeScan recently launched its new FastDraw® Design test strip to make testing easier and less painful. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the new strip for second site testing with the ONE TOUCH FastTake® Blood Glucose Monitoring System, relieving the pain of finger sticks. LifeScan, an early sponsor of Children With Diabetes, is proud to present Thursday evening's Family and Friends Banquet in the Exhibition Hall.
Medtronic MiniMed As a world leader in insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring, Medtronic MiniMed's mission is advancing solutions for the treatment of diabetes. To our customers, this means we are committed to the creation and optimization of the innovative products and services they need to control their diabetes, primarily the development of an artificial pancreas. Good glucose control can delay the onset of diabetes-related complications by an average of 15 years, extend lives by up to five years, and significantly reduce the tremendous burden of diabetes. And Medtronic MiniMed's insulin pumps allow for the tightest control possible, allowing patients to live more normal, healthier lives. Medtronic MiniMed is a proud sponsor of the Children with Diabetes conference, and we invite you to attend our special Friday evening event, "Dining with the Experts."
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 joins Olympic medallist and NovoLog® spokesperson Gary Hall, Jr., in his mission to prove that people with diabetes can achieve greatness if they keep their condition in control. Once again, Novo Nordisk is proud to be a Gold Level Sponsor of the Children with Diabetes Family and Friends Banquet and to sponsor Gary Hall, Jr., as a speaker at the banquet.
Silver Level Sponsors
Animas is pleased to support childcare for this conference, and to provide a staff of certified diabetes educators to assist with diabetes questions and concerns during the childcare and family events. Animas' state-of-the-art insulin pump and ezSet infusion system provide the highest level of safety, performance, and convenience. Our extensive customized education program and ezManager software are designed to help our patients successfully manage their diabetes. A long-term implantable glucose sensor with no percutaneous wires is under development. Animas is pleased to be a Silver Level Sponsor of Friends for Life: Pasadena 2002!
Diabetes Research Institute (www.drinet.org) is recognized as a world leader in cure-focused research. Pioneering new technologies in islet cell transplantation since 1971, the DRI remains true to its mission to cure diabetes. The first true "fast track" center for diabetes research, the DRI continues to lead the way in developing new ways to speed significant findings from the lab to patients in the fastest and safest way possible. To further accelerate progress toward a cure, the DRI has initiated global collaborations with other leading research centers and biotech companies, and continually trains others in the field. Over the years, the DRI has conducted a number of pilot studies, demonstrating that diabetes can be reversed and that transplanted islets can function for more than 10 years. Much of the DRI's current research is aimed at overcoming two remaining challenges: transplanting these insulin-producing cells without the long-term need for harmful anti-rejection drugs, and obtaining enough islet cells to cure everyone affected by diabetes. For the millions of families who are looking to the world of science for answers, the DRI is quickly becoming the best hope for a cure. DRI is pleased to be a Silver Level Sponsor for Friends For Life: Pasadena 2002.
Pfizer Inc. is a research-based, global pharmaceutical company. We discover and develop innovative, value-added products that improve the quality of life of people around the world and help them enjoy longer, healthier, and more productive lives. The company has three business segments: health care, animal health and consumer health care. Our products, including well known consumer brands, Listerine, Zantac 75, Lubriderm, Neosporin and Trident, are available in more than 150 countries. Pfizer is pleased to be a Silver Level Sponsor of snack breaks for this professional and family conference.
Bronze Level Sponsors
The GlucoWatch® (Cygnus, Inc., Redwood City, CA) Biographer is a new type of monitor designed to provide frequent, automatic and non-invasive measurements of glucose levels. It can provide up to three readings per hour, for as long as 12 hours, day or night. The GlucoWatch Biographer automatically and non-invasively measures glucose collected through the skin, not from blood. It also creates an "electronic diary," storing up to 4,000 values that can be reviewed at the touch of a button. In addition, glucose alert levels can be set so that an alarm sounds if readings are too high or too low. The alarm automatically sounds if readings decline rapidly. The GlucoWatch Biographer is designed to help identify trends and to track patterns in glucose levels that would be difficult to detect with current testing techniques alone. It is not intended to replace "finger-stick" blood glucose testing, but rather to be used together with blood glucose testing to provide more complete, ongoing information. The GlucoWatch Biographer has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a prescription device for adults (18 years and older). A supplemental pre-market approval (PMA) submission for use of the GlucoWatch Biographer by children and adolescents (ages 7-17) is currently under expedited review by the FDA. Cygnus, Inc. is proud to be a Bronze Sponsor of this conference.
Deltec has developed a new insulin pump that will deliver insulin continuously and help people manage their diabetes. They have spent several years listening to patients, doctors, and certified diabetes educators to identify their vision of an ideal insulin delivery system. The Deltec insulin pump is expected to be available for sale in the fall of 2002. Deltec is proud to sponsor the Pumping Workshops presented by John Walsh.
Disetronic is dedicated to providing products that help deliver control to people with Diabetes today and finding better solutions for the future. Disetronic has a proven tract record of providing safe and reliable diabetes products, and is the only pump company to offer a choice of three different insulin pumps. Disetronic has a program in place that helps people gain control of Diabetes today with an insulin pump but retain the power of choice tomorrow. Disetronic is pleased to be a Bronze Level Sponsor of the Friends For Life: Pasadena 2002 conference.
Roche Diagnostics, maker of Accu-Chek® products, is the world's leading producer of diagnostic systems. As a global leader in diabetes care products, 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 CareSM 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 www.accu-chek.com. You can count on Accu-Chek to make living with diabetes a little easier. The maker of Accu-Chek products is proud to sponsor the following speaker sessions:
- Carb Counting Workshop: For Kids Only
- Restaurant Meals: What to Eat? How to Figure?
- Teens! What to Do About Carbs?
You can count on the ReliOn brand, available only at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club pharmacies, for exceptional quality diabetes care at affordable prices. Through ReliOn, people with diabetes now have a single brand that covers most every aspect of their diabetes needs and delivers 35-50% savings every day vs. premium priced products. To find out more about how ReliOn can help you afford more diabetes care at less cost, talk to your Wal-Mart pharmacist or go to www.relion.com.
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