The Path to a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes

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Since its founding in 2015, Beyond Type 1 has been focused on filling gaps — whether in resources for living well today, access to life-saving medication and technologies or in education and awareness. One of the areas where we have identified a gap is in early, innovative cure research.

The problem

English mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead said, “Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them.” In regards to Type 1 diabetes, not only must something be done with ideas about how to eradicate the disease or how to make life better for those living with it, but there is no time to waste.

Testing ideas with evidence is at the heart of the process of science and yet there are countless ideas locked in the minds of researchers, scholars and inventors, but mainstream funding rarely supports them. Ninety-seven percent of funding that is currently available for diabetes goes to established scientists, while scientific breakthroughs often emerge due to the inventiveness of early-career scientists.

Albert Einstein revealed his theory of general relativity at 26. Banting and Best discovered insulin before they turned 33. Imagine our world today if these scientists had not received funding for their research to test their ideas. Without a reliable and consistent source of funding, the number of researchers in diabetes is going to continue declining and a cure will be that more elusive.

Our approach

The Cure Fund focuses on very early stage research (typically less than $50,000 per study) that is often not eligible for funding from NIH and other traditional funding sources. Rather than reinvent the wheel, we have secured a partner, Diabetes Research Connection, with a scientific advisory council of over 80 experts, who review each project.

Our shared goal is to move successful ideas along more rapidly to fill the pipeline of projects eligible for consideration for larger, more traditional funding. This micro-funding model will spark innovation bringing new energy into the space.

Donate to the Cure Fund

100% of your gift to The Cure Fund will be used to fund innovative, early-stage research. Make your gift HERE or if you wish to make a gift of securities please email Thom@beyondtype1.org

 

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