Local biotech entrepreneur showcasing developing diabetes therapy at D.C. conference

Annual TEDMED health and medicine conference in Washington, D.C. draws Mike Moradi, CEO and founder of Sensulin LLC, and Mayor Mick Cornett.
by Paula Burkes Published: April 16, 2013

Moradi, 35, since 2011 has focused on Sensulin, which he said is developing a 24-hour glucose responsive insulin that would provide a patient's entire daily insulin need via a single dose. Previously he was a founder of Norman-based SouthWest Nanotechnologies Inc., which manufactures specialty multi-wall carbon nanotubes used for commercial scale applications.

The Sensulin technology — developed by Ananth Annapragada, a researcher at Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, and Sensulin co-founder — may mimic the healthy human pancreas, Moradi said. It could eliminate the need for separate basal and prandial insulin injections, he said, and profoundly improve the standard of care for type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients.

“We intend to disrupt the $17 billion global insulin market, make glucometers and multiple injections per day obsolete, and give those with diabetes a chance at a normal life,” said Moradi, who has diabetes on both sides of his family. He anticipates clinical trials of Sensulin to begin in 24 to 36 months.

At the Texas Life Science Venture Forum last month in Houston, Sensulin was awarded the Michael E. DeBakey Life Science Award, presented to the life science company with highest potential to commercialize an important product and chosen by a panel of venture capital firms and representatives from leading pharmaceutical companies. Sensulin also brought home the Rice Alliance Most Promising Life Science Technology Award.

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by Paula Burkes
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A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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