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Biocon Biologics partners with IDF to improve access to insulins

The partnership coincides with the start of the centenary celebrations of the discovery of insulin

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Biocon Biologics, a subsidiary of Biocon, has announced a partnership with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to promote and support IDF’s Core Mission initiative and activities. This partnership with IDF coincides with the start of the centenary celebrations of the discovery of insulin aims to enable affordable access to insulins to people with diabetes worldwide.

Dr Alexander Zach, Global Head of Market Access & Policy, Biocon Biologics, said, “We are delighted to partner with the International Diabetes Federation and contribute to a stronger global voice for people living with diabetes. Despite 100 years since its discovery, a key impediment to successful diabetes treatment with insulins is the lack of equitable access to affordable insulins. As a leading global insulins player, we have a shared vision of finding viable, long-term solutions to improve insulin access and affordability. This partnership with IDF will further propel these efforts to realise the company’s aspiration of reaching ‘one in five’ insulin-dependent people with diabetes globally. Given our extensive experience in providing affordable insulins globally, we believe we can contribute and support IDF in driving real policy and access actions that will transform lives and diabetes care.”

Prof Andrew Boulton, President, International Diabetes Federation (IDF), said, “It is with great pleasure that IDF welcomes Biocon Biologics as a new partner. It is an important time for diabetes. This year, we celebrate the centenary of the development of therapeutic insulin in 1921 and next year its first successful use to treat a person with diabetes in 1922. Yet, 100 years after its discovery, this life-saving drug remains beyond the reach of many people with diabetes who need it. For IDF and our partners, the centenary of insulin will provide opportunities to raise awareness of diabetes, promote action to improve access to diabetes care and encourage greater effort to prevent diabetes and its complications. With close to half a billion people now living with diabetes, significant action to address the global impact of diabetes is long overview. Driving the necessary action to move the dial on diabetes care will require the unity, commitment and determination of the global diabetes community.”

In the run-up to the 100th anniversary of insulin, Biocon Biologics had unveiled its ‘Mission 10 cents’ programme in 2019 to enable access to human insulin (rh-Insulin), by offering it at less than 10 US cents/day for Governments in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). The announcement was made at a UNAIDS Health Innovation Exchange event held on the side-lines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York. Biocon Biologics has recently rolled out this program in LMICs like Philippines and Tanzania. This partnership with IDF furthers the vision of providing universal access to insulins globally to tackle a broad range of diabetes issues, create awareness, educate and advocate effective management of diabetes.

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