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quotable quotes - February 2014

“These are incredibly stringent [standards]…I hope that the FDA listens to the complaints, because clearly there will be lots… I think that it’s going to be very difficult for manufacturers to meet these criteria. If they don't make them more lax, there will be no glucose meters approved in the future.”

-Dr. David Sacks (NIH) commenting on the new FDA guidance standards for in-hospital/point-of-care use of blood glucose monitoring at the EASD Technology meeting.

“One of my mantras about [the artificial pancreas] is that we’re putting these devices on people. It’s about how comfortable and how reasonable it’s going to be.”

-Dr. Bruce Buckingham (Stanford University) on his research on automated insulin delivery systems at Carb DM’s East Bay Type 1 Topics on January 18, 2014.

"When people feel empowered, they become motivated. Healthcare is not something you do to a patient. It’s something you do with a patient. I call it being the CEO of your own health.”

-Dr. Travis Stork (Co-host, The Doctors; Chairman of Medical Advisory Board, MDLIVE) at the Consumers Electronics Show.

"You cannot control healthcare costs unless you get type 2 diabetes under control. If you can improve therapies, improve compliance, and improve outcomes, that's how you win."

-Mr. Chris Viehbacher (CEO, Sanofi) at the 2014 JPMorgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco,  on January 13-16, 2014.

“Prevention is not 60 minutes in a doctor’s office. It’s 24/7. ...Healthcare delivery needs to be about how to take the data and make it meaningful to the population at large. Right now that’s not happening. It’s just cool gadgets and lots of data. It’s not possible for doctors to look at all the data.”

- Dr. Samir Damani (Founder, MD Revolution) at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, on January 7-10, 2014.

"Our pursuit as a company is to take some of the mystery out of diabetes – it’s a conundrum. It’s not just the food or exercise – there are stressors too. Our goal as a company is to simplify so patients can stay between the lines.”

-Mr. Terry Gregg (CEO, Dexcom) on the benefits of digital technologies for people with diabetes at the Consumers Electronics Show.

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