Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Insulin Gum

Chemist Robert Doyle and colleagues at Syracuse University are working on better delivery of insulin. By binding insulin to vitamin B12, researchers hope to protect insulin from destruction in the gut and allow delivery to the bloodstream. This would allow diabetics to take insulin orally, a nice improvement from injections. It might mean an insulin pill though the researchers think an insulin gum would be more effective.

As an aside, my brother had an idea for vitamin gum years ago. Vitamin gums of different types have come out but it seems that, still, none has hit big. That's surprising to me given the success of things like Airborne. Here are some vitamin gumballs.