WEST CHESTER, Pa., May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Animas Corporation and LifeScan, Inc., both members of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Diabetes Companies, today announced plans to further build upon their existing collaborative efforts to co-develop and market innovative new products and tools for people living with diabetes. The increased collaboration also will include more closely aligning their commercial organizations to actively co-promote their product offerings, such as the OneTouch® Ping® Glucose Management System. Animas and LifeScan will work closely to bring people with diabetes and their healthcare professionals the tools they need to better manage a disease that affects more than 285 million people across the globe.
Animas and LifeScan began their relationship with a joint development project that started even before Johnson & Johnson acquired Animas five years ago. The two companies joined forces to co-develop the OneTouch® Ping® Glucose Management System, the first full-feature insulin pump that wirelessly communicates with a blood glucose meter-remote. The pump includes many unique capabilities, and with the OneTouch® Ping® meter-remote, a person can check blood glucose levels, calculate insulin doses, and opt to wirelessly instruct the pump to deliver insulin without touching the pump at all, giving patients more freedom and flexibility.
"Our collective innovation and product pipeline is the strongest it has been in a decade," said Michel Paul, Company Group Chairman, Johnson & Johnson Family of Diabetes Companies. "Through closer alignment, we will unleash the power and strength of our two companies and the overarching Johnson & Johnson Family of Diabetes Companies. Together, we will work to advance care for people with diabetes, as well as education and research for families and healthcare professionals, to ultimately enable diabetes patients to maintain better blood glucose c